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 ( works with students to provide an instructor notification letter that outlines accommodations and adjustments to class design that will enable better access. Contact the Accessible Education Center for assistance with access or disability-related questions or concerns."

Academic Misconduct - You can find faculty resources on academic misconduct here:

“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.

UO COVID-19 Regulations & Prevention - (see and for more information)

"The University of Oregon (UO), in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, and Lane County Public Health requires faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors across all UO locations to use face coverings, which include masks (note: masks with exhaust valves are discouraged), cloth face coverings, or face shields, when in UO owned, leased, or controlled buildings. This includes classrooms. Please correctly wear a suitable face covering during class. Students unable to wear face coverings can work with the Accessible Education Center to find a reasonable accommodation. Students refusing to wear a face covering will be asked to leave the class.

Students should maintain 6 ft. distance from others at all times. Classrooms tables and seats have been marked to accommodate this distance. Please do not move any furniture in the classroom or sit in areas that have been blocked off or otherwise marked as unavailable.

Students should obtain wipes available outside of classrooms before they enter class and use them to wipe down the table and seat they will use.

Please conduct regular symptom self-checks ( and do not come to class if you are experiencing symptoms.  I will work with you to make sure you can stay caught up with the class.

Use this self-check log: to track your symptoms.

In addition, familiarize yourself with these exposure scenarios and guidelines to determine if you should come to class after suspected exposure to someone with the virus."

Mental Health and Wellness 

"Life at college can be very complicated. Students often feel overwhelmed or stressed, experience anxiety or depression, struggle with relationships, or just need help navigating challenges in their life. If you're facing such challenges, you don't need to handle them on your own--there's help and support on campus. 

As your instructor if I believe you may need additional support, I will express my concerns, the reasons for them, and refer you to resources that might be helpful. It is not my intention to know the details of what might be bothering you, but simply to let you know I care and that help is available. Getting help is a courageous thing to do—for yourself and those you care about.

University Health Services help students cope with difficult emotions and life stressors. If you need general resources on coping with stress or want to talk with another student who has been in the same place as you, visit the Duck Nest (located in the EMU on the ground floor) and get help from one of the specially trained Peer Wellness Advocates. Find out more at 

University Counseling Services (UCS) has a team of dedicated staff members to support you with your concerns, many of whom can provide identity-based support. All clinical services are free and confidential. Find out more at or by calling 541-346-3227 (anytime UCS is closed, the After-Hours Support and Crisis Line is available by calling this same number).”

Basic Needs

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Dean of Students Office (346-3216, 164 Oregon Hall) for support.

This UO webpage includes resources for food, housing, healthcare, childcare, transportation, technology, finances, and legal support:

Accommodation for Religious Observances

The university makes reasonable accommodations, upon request, for students who are unable to attend a class for religious obligations or observance reasons, in accordance with the university discrimination policy which says “Any student who, because of religious beliefs, is unable to attend classes on a particular day shall be excused from attendance requirements and from any examination or other assignment on that day. The student shall make up the examination or other assignment missed because of the absence.” To request accommodations for this course for religious observance, visit the Office of the Registrar's website ( and complete and submit to the instructor the “Student Religious Accommodation Request” form prior to the end of the second week of the term.