6,501: Syllabus Policy
Revised: September 2016
For all courses, faculty members are required to distribute a course syllabus to students by the end of the first week of class. Syllabi can be provided in paper form or by electronic means by e-mail or posting in a visible location on the home page for the course in the University's web-campus application.
The syllabus must include, but is not limited to the following information:
- Instructor information: Name and contact information (office location, phone number, email address, office hours in accordance with the Faculty Accessibility Policy, etc.)
- Course identification: Course number, section, title
- Course description and prerequisites
- Course learning outcomes
- List of required course materials for reading, in-class work, writing, homework, viewing, and listening, including calculators, specialized materials or equipment, and computer software.
- Unique class procedures/structures, such as web-based or web-assisted, cooperative exercises, panel presentations, case study methods, class journals or learning logs, attendance at events outside of class, etc.
- Topics outline or course calendar
- Approximate schedule of exams and due dates of graded assignments, e.g., homework, quizzes, papers, projects
- Grading criteria, scale, and standards, including statements on whether or not plus/minus grading will be used. See the NSHE Grading Policy.
- Policies regarding late work and make-up exams
- Description of course requirements, e.g., exams, quizzes, projects, papers AND the proportion each counts toward the final grade. If class participation and/or attendance are factored in, explain how these are evaluated. For university policy regarding class absence, see UAM 3,020.
- Statement on Academic Dishonesty: "Cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses constitute academic dishonesty according to the code of this university. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and penalties can include filing a final grade of "F"; reducing the student's final course grade one or two full grade points; awarding a failing mark on the coursework in question; or requiring the student to retake or resubmit the coursework. For more details, see the University of Nevada, Reno General Catalog."
- Statement of Disability Services: "Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with the Disability Resource Center as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations."
- Statement on Audio and Video Recording: "Surreptitious or covert video-taping of class or unauthorized audio recording of class is prohibited by law and by Board of Regents policy. This class may be videotaped or audio recorded only with the written permission of the instructor. In order to accommodate students with disabilities, some students may be given permission to record class lectures and discussions. Therefore, students should understand that their comments during class may be recorded."
In addition to the required information listed above, it is strongly recommended that the syllabus include:
- Methods for communicating with students outside the classroom regarding matters such as class cancellations, meeting times, or room changes
- More detail about what constitutes academic dishonesty, with a concrete list or examples of "dos and don'ts" in the context of the class
- Statement for Academic Success Services: "Your student fees cover usage of the Math Center (775) 784-4433, Tutoring Center (775) 784-6801, and University Writing Center (775) 784-6030. These centers support your classroom learning; it is your responsibility to take advantage of their services. Keep in mind that seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student."