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Syllabus Template Directions

Directions for Using the Syllabus Template

The purpose of this template is to be a simple and quick model for most faculty of a document that sets the tone for your class and establishes an agreement with your students. This is NOT a required format. With a template you will still need to thoughtfully consider each component in light of your students and your course.

  1. In one editing session, review your entire syllabus to ensure the pieces all work together logically.
  2. In another editing session, consider the tone your syllabus is setting for student learning and community. Over time syllabi have a tendency to become heavy with rules.
  3. Read over the model syllabus we have provided, finding out what information you need to provide for your class. You may have to collect more material, write text, or do other tasks before you begin writing your own syllabus.  Or you may create as much of your own syllabus as you are ready to now, save the changes, and come back and finish later. Consider how the various policies interact.
  4. Accessibility: Word Heading styles have been used to ensure accessiblity to persons with disabilities. If you create or alter headings, please use the Styles feature to maintain consistency for persons using special readers. If you insert images be sure to add "alt tags" descriptive text tags found under image properties. View the document in Outline View to see the structure and modify text levels.

With the 18th Faculty Handbook some information is to be provided to students by particular deadlines.

If you will be finishing your syllabus at least 1 week before the term begins, then you will meet the deadlines as long as you have the basic information (as appropriate to your course). You'll find those items marked in the syllabus template: syl001.doc

  • The black text is generic material you most likely will keep,
    • This is an example.
  • Red italics is material that needs to be edited to reflect your individual course, and
    • This is an example.
  • Blue bold is commentaryto be deleted after reading.
    • This is an example.
    • If you have a visual disability that makes it difficult to see the distinctions, let us know and we will help you to adapt your current syllabus.

Otherwise, one week before the semester begins there is a short list of information to be distributed to students. You can find a simple Word document with the required information here: weekpriorinfo.doc and you may adapt it to your needs.

The 18th Faculty Handbook indicates that certain information should be provided, as appropriate, within one week of the start of classes. That information is linked in the whole syllabus template: syl001.doc

For more help visit our Syllabus booklet at:

or call us at 270/745-6508 for review and assistance.


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