Syllabus requirements

The Provost requires an up-to-date syllabus for each course, in accordance with UAM 6501: Syllabus Policy. 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 email or posting in a visible location on the course page in the University's learning management system, WebCampus.

Download the spring 2021 syllabus template (.docx)

Required syllabus components

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

Required Syllabus Components
Syllabus component Resource 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 N/A
Course description and prerequisites University general catalog
Statement on content accessibility: "This course may leverage 3rd party web/multimedia content, if you experience any issues accessing this content, please notify your instructor." Faculty Accessibility Policy (UAM 2,665) and Teaching and Learning Technologies
Course learning outcomes Syllabus must include all SLOs in the official course record, i.e. course description in the University general 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. N/A
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. N/A
Topics outline or course calendar Catalog, calendar and class schedule
Approximate schedule of exams and due dates of graded assignments, e.g., homework, quizzes, papers, projects N/A
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 (University general catalog
Policies regarding late work and make-up exams Class Absence Policy (UAM 3,020); Student Health Center Policy on Medical Excuses
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: "The University Academic Standards Policy defines academic dishonesty, and mandates specific sanctions for violations. See the University Academic Standards policy: UAM 6,502." 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
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
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Statement on COVID-19 Training Policies: "Students must complete and follow all guidelines as stated in the Student COVID-19 Training modules, or any other trainings or directives provided by the University." N/A
Statement on COVID-19 Face Coverings:

"In response to COVID-19, and in alignment with State of Nevada Governor Executive Orders, Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada plans, Nevada System of Higher Education directives, the University of Nevada President directives, and local, state, and national health official guidelines face coverings are required at all times while on campus, except when alone in a private office. This includes the classroom, laboratory, studio, creative space, or any type of in-person instructional activity, and public spaces."

A “face covering” is defined as a “covering that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth, including without limitation, cloth face mask, surgical mask, towels, scarves, and bandanas” (State of Nevada Emergency Directive 024).

Students that cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability, or who are unable to remove a mask without assistance may seek an accommodation through the Disability Resource Center.

Statement on COVID-19 Social Distancing:

"Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Students shall observe current social distancing guidelines where possible in accordance with the Phase we are in while in the classroom, laboratory, studio, creative space (hereafter referred to as instructional space) setting and in public spaces. Students should avoid congregating around instructional space entrances before or after class sessions. If the instructional space has designated entrance and exit doors students are required to use them. Students should exit the instructional space immediately after the end of instruction to help ensure social distancing and allow for the persons attending the next scheduled class session to enter."

Statement on COVID-19 Disinfecting Your Learning Space:

"Disinfecting supplies are provided for you to disinfect your learning space. You may also use your own disinfecting supplies."

Statement on COVID-19, COVID-19 Like Symptoms, and Contact with Someone Testing Positive for COVID-19:

"Students must conduct daily health checks in accordance with CDC guidelines. Students testing positive for COVID 19, exhibiting COVID 19 symptoms or who have been in direct contact with someone testing positive for COVID 19 will not be allowed to attend in-person instructional activities and must leave the venue immediately. Students should contact the Student Health Center or their health care provider to receive care and who can provide the latest direction on quarantine and self-isolation. Contact your instructor immediately to make instructional and learning arrangements."

Statement on Failure to Comply with Policy (including as outlined in this Syllabus) or Directives of a University Employee:

"In accordance with section 6,502 of the University Administrative Manual, a student may receive academic and disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with policy, including this syllabus, for failure to comply with the directions of a University Official, for disruptive behavior in the classroom, or any other prohibited action. “Disruptive behavior" is defined in part as behavior, including but not limited to failure to follow course, laboratory or safety rules, or endangering the health of others. A student may be dropped from class at any time for misconduct or disruptive behavior in the classroom upon recommendation of the instructor and with approval of the college dean. A student may also receive disciplinary sanctions through the Office of Student Conduct for misconduct or disruptive behavior, including endangering the health of others, in the classroom. The student shall not receive a refund for course fees or tuition."


In addition to the required information listed above, it is strongly recommended that the syllabus include the following:

  • Communication: Methods for communicating with students outside the classroom regarding matters such as class cancellations, meeting times or room changes
  • 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 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."

Additional syllabus reminders and information

Any course involving Service Learning and/or internship in an off-campus setting is subject to UAM 3100, and submission of the following documents is required: (1) a Site Assessment form; (2) an Organization Agreement; (3) a Student Learning Agreement; and (4) a Student Waiver, Release and Indemnification Agreement. These forms can be found on the websites for Nevada Career Studio, the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and the Center for Student Engagement.

Information on accessibility requirements and resources is available on the University's accessibility portal.