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Syllabus Requirements

The Provost requires an up-to-date syllabus for each course, in accordance with UAM 6501: Syllabus Policy. This page has been prepared as a resource for syllabus preparation, and a syllabus template is available.

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.

Required Syllabus Components (see UAM 6501: Syllabus Policy)

The syllabus must include, but is not limited to the following information:

Syllabus ComponentResource Links for Faculty
Instructor information: Name and contact information (office location, phone number, email address, office hours in accordance with the Faculty Accessibility Policy, etc.) Faculty Accessibility Policy (UAM 2,665)
Course identification: Course number, section, title
Course description and prerequisites UNR General Catalog
Course learning outcomes Syllabus must include all SLOs in the official course record, i.e. course description in the UNR Catalog.
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 Academic Calendar; Final Exam Schedule
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. NSHE Grading Policy (Board of Regents Handbook); Grades, Marks, and Grade Point Average (UNR General Catalog)
Policies regarding late work and make-up exams Class Absence Policy (UAM 3,020)
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. Class Absence Policy (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 canceling a student's enrollment without a grade, giving an F for the course or for the assignment. For more details, see the University of Nevada, Reno General Catalog." Academic Standards Policy (UAM 6502)
Statement of Disability Services: "Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with the Disability Resource Center (Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 230) as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations." Disability Resource Center (UNR website)
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." Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 12, Section 5, #6

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 University Math Center (775) 784-4433, University Tutoring Center (775) 784-6801, and University 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."

Syllabus recommendations from the Office of the Provost

  • Include a detailed, class-specific policy on academic dishonesty, including associated sanctions for violations.
  • For combined 400/600 courses, delineation of expectations and evaluation for undergraduate and graduate credit should be detailed and clear.
  • Include information on special policies associated with student athletes, as detailed in UAM 3030.

 

Important Information Regarding Purchasing Technology/Software and Classroom Accessibility (Captioned Videos)

As our campus moves toward Universal Design and developing our Electronic Information Technology Policy, please be sure that all of your technology and software purchases are accessible for persons with disabilities; all new purchases must be accompanied by a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for additional information. 

In addition, all course materials must be accessible. This includes captioning for all videos utilized in seated or online lectures. Instructors are responsible for ensuring that all videos shown in the classroom are captioned. Below are some resources to caption your videos if needed.

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