Syllabus Guidelines

UOCC Suggested Course Syllabus Content

  1. Course Number
  2. Title
  3. Credits
  4. Term, place, time, instructor
    1. (For a new course proposal, indicate when it is likely to be offered, and how frequently.)
    2. (For a new course proposal, indicate who is likely to teach the course.)
  5. Position in the curriculum
    1. Satisfies group requirement? Explain why
    2. Satisfies multicultural requirement? Explain why
    3. Satisfies other general-education requirement?
    4. Satisfies other major or program requirement?
    5. Preparatory for other courses?
    6. List prerequisites or other suggested preparation
  6. Course learning outcomes
    1. Content learning outcomes (as approved by UOCC – see Courseleaf)
    2. Core education learning outcomes (as approved by UOCC – see Courseleaf)
  7. Format (lecture, discussion, laboratory)
  8. Outline of subject and topics explored
  9. Course materials (texts, books, readings)
  10. Instructor expectations of students
    1. Be explicit (by pages assigned, lengths of assignments)
    2. Level of student engagement expected (see suggested Student Engagement Inventory on the following page)
    3. Readings
    4. Problems
    5. Attendance
    6. Project
    7. Writing
    8. Laboratory
    9. Fieldwork
    10. Work with electronic media, network, online
    11. Performance
    12. Presentation
    13. Exams
    14. Differential expected for graduate work for joint 4XX/5XX-level courses
  11. Assessment
    1. Methods (testing, homework)
    2. Times or frequency
    3. Grading policy
    4. Incomplete policy

Standard University Language for Specific Topics

Accessible Education - (see for more information)

The University of Oregon is working to create inclusive learning environments. Please notify me if there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in disability-related barriers to your participation. You are also encouraged to contact the Accessible Education Center in 360 Oregon Hall at 541-346-1155 or”

OR something like the following:

“Please let me know within the first two weeks of the term if you need assistance to fully participate in the course. Participation includes access to lectures, web-based information, in-class activities, and exams. The Accessible Education Center ( is part of the Office of Academic Advising. Students can request an instructor notification letter that outlines possible accommodations and adjustments to class design that will enable better access. For additional assistance with access or disability-related questions or concerns, contact the Accessible Education Center.”

Academic Misconduct - (See for more information)

“The University Student Conduct Code (available at defines academic misconduct. Students are prohibited from committing or attempting to commit any act that constitutes academic misconduct. By way of example, students should not give or receive (or attempt to give or receive) unauthorized help on assignments or examinations without express permission from the instructor. Students should properly acknowledge and document all sources of information (e.g. quotations, paraphrases, ideas) and use only the sources and resources authorized by the instructor. If there is any question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct, it is the students’ obligation to clarify the question with the instructor before committing or attempting to commit the act. Additional information about a common form of academic misconduct, plagiarism, is available at”

Inclement Weather

“It is generally expected that class will meet unless the University is officially closed for inclement weather. If it becomes necessary to cancel class while the University remains open, this will be announced on Canvas and by email. Updates on inclement weather and closure are also communicated in other ways described here:

Academic Disruption due to Campus Emergency

“In the event of a campus emergency that disrupts academic activities, course requirements, deadlines, and grading percentages are subject to change. Information about changes in this course will be communicated as soon as possible by email, and on Canvas. If we are not able to meet face-to-face, students should immediately log onto Canvas and read any announcements and/or access alternative assignments. Students are also encouraged to continue the readings and other assignments as outlined in this syllabus or subsequent syllabi.”

Reporting Obligations

The following is the recommended minimum language to include on syllabi:

“I am a [designated reporter/student-directed employee]. For information about my reporting obligations as an employee, please see Employee Reporting Obligations on the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance (OICRC) website. Students experiencing any form of prohibited discrimination or harassment, including sex or gender-based violence, may seek information and resources at,, or or contact the non-confidential Title IX office/Office of Civil Rights Compliance (541-346-3123), or Dean of Students offices (541-346-3216), or call the 24-7 hotline 541-346-SAFE for help. I am also a mandatory reporter of child abuse. Please find more information at Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect.”

See for additional recommended syllabus language.