Syllabi & Schedule Cards
Required Information for All Course Syllabi
- Number and Name of Course
- Date (e.g., Summer 2022 or Fall)
- Instructor Information
- E-mail address
- Office location and phone number
- Office hours
- Textbook and other required materials
- Reference books and collateral reading
- Statement on acceptable documentation standards
- Required participation outside hours the course is normally scheduled (e.g., for field trips, special sessions, etc.)
- Statement on school closure (A general statement that you will initiate a virtual learning experience Canvas discussion, independent reading, film viewing, assignment completion, written response to thematic prompt, etc. – for when classes are cancelled, delayed, or the college closes.)
- Special projects and instructional techniques
- Any prerequisites
- Course content in broad outline
- Readings to be covered
- Daily assignments, other activities, projects, etc. (Optional)
Student Learning Outcomes
- Statements of the knowledge, skills and dispositions the student is expected to have obtained at the completion of the course
- Student learning outcomes should be observable and measurable
- Major courses should include at least one major SLO. Please refer to the major SLOs listed in the college catalog.
- Core courses should include all of the SLOs for the Area of Understanding in which the course is being offered. Please refer to the Core SLOs listed in the college catalog .
- Major and Core SLOs do not have to be taken word-for-word from the appropriate section of the college catalog, but the connection between these SLOs and the SLOs listed in the syllabus should be easily discernable for students.
- Grading policy and standards
- Relative weight of each course assignment or components
- Quantitative or qualitative standards expected for letter grades earned
- Attendance policy
- Examination policies
- Dates of exams (tests) For evaluation purposes, it will prove useful to have some assessment of student performance graded by the end of the fifth week of the semester.
- Final exam (Any faculty member seeking an exception to the final examination rule for an academic course shall secure the approval of the Dean)
All academic courses are expected to conclude with a final examination administered during the assigned time of the examination period. Within the last three meeting days for classes (not for any individual course) prior to final examinations, no in-class assessment counting more than 2/3 of a letter grade toward the final course grade may be administered, lab examinations/practica exempt.
- Make-up exams (tests)
- Any other expectations of the student that could influence the grade. Please keep in mind that a syllabus is generally understood to be a “contract” offered by the faculty member to the students enrolled in the class.
The following may or may not have final examinations, depending upon the judgment of the instructor:
- laboratory sections
- advanced seminar in which an assigned paper or project is the
- major activity
- a performance class in which a recital or similar artistic
- performance is required
- an internship
- a practicum
Statements to be included in your syllabi:
- Statement on academic dishonesty
Required for all courses:
- COURSE SYLLABUS STATEMENT ON DISABILITY SERVICES
Elizabethtown College welcomes otherwise qualified students with disabilities and is committed to providing access for all students to courses, programs, services, and activities. If you have a documented disability such as a learning disability or chronic illness or a new circumstance such as a concussion and would like to request accommodations please contact Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services by phone (717-361-1227) or e-mail ( email@example.com ). The Office of Disability Services can provide resources to you and facilitate communication with faculty about reasonable accommodations. After meeting with the Office of Disability Services, please set up an appointment to meet with me, the instructor, to discuss the accommodations as they pertain to my class.
- COURSE SYLLABUS STATEMENT ON RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES
The College is eager to facilitate individual religious beliefs and practices whenever possible while retaining course student learning outcomes. It is your responsibility to meet with the class instructor in advance to request arrangements related to your religious observances that may conflict with this class, and to make appropriate plans to make up any missed work.
COURSE SYLLABUS STATEMENT ON COVID-RELATED EXPECTATIONS*
All students are expected to adhere to the established community expectations around health and safety. Students diagnosed with a health condition that they believe precludes their adherence to College guidance should contact Lynne Davies in Disability Services ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to discuss reasonable accommodations.
*updated on 08/10/22
- COURSE SYLLABUS STATEMENT ON COVID-RELATED EXPECTATIONS*
NOTE TO FACULTY:
To ensure that all students with disabilities have been informed of the procedure, please read the disability statement to each class at the of each semester. Faculty and staff need to maintain strict confidentiality about a student’s disability and implement accommodations in such a way as not to compromise a student’s confidentiality.
- For your reference in working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse religious traditions, here is a link from the College’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life to major holidays of many faiths during the academic year: https://www.etown.edu/offices/chaplain/index.aspx
Suggested information for course Syllabi
Optional syllabi statements:
- The High Library team has suggested the following optional syllabus statement if you’d like to help the library to promote its research services to students:
The High Library (www.etown.edu/library) offers personalized assistance to connect you with the resources you need for your research. Librarians can help with all levels of questions, from starting research to tracking down journal articles and formatting citations. You are encouraged to make use of the library’s services.
Librarians are available seven days a week through email (email@example.com) and text messaging (717-759-9178). For real-time assistance, drop in to visit the reference desk, call (717-361-1461), or web chat Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm and Monday-Thursday 6 - 9 pm. Appointments are not necessary, but can be scheduled at https://etown.libwizard.com/f/studentappointment
- Counseling Services and Academic Advising worked together to develop the following statement on mental health and Counseling Resources for those who wish to include it in their syllabus and/or Canvas course shell:
Statement on Mental Health & Counseling Resources
Counseling Services provides a broad range of counseling and mental health support services that facilitate our students' personal, social, and academic development. Our licensed mental health professionals provide short-term individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation to currently enrolled students for no additional charge. Counseling services are provided in a confidential and diversity-affirming environment to help students address a variety of mental health, situational, and developmental concerns. Our office is located in the Baugher Student Center, Suite 216. Appointments can be made in person or by calling 717-361-1405. Urgent walk-in services are also available. To access our after-hours crisis services, please call the 24/7 Campus Safety number of 717-361-1111. For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/counseling.
The Teaching and Learning Design Studio’s Flexible Teaching Guide provides sample attendance policy statements for you to consider as you review and update your course syllabi. Also included in the guide are teaching resources and optional development opportunities.