Syllabus Guidelines

Syllabus Guidelines

A course syllabus must include the following components:

  1. General Information
    • Course title
    • Course term and year
    • Faculty name, phone number, email address, and office location
    • Office hours, or how instructor is available to students
    • Course days, meeting times, and location to equal 15 contact hours per credit hour (for example, a 3 credit class will have 45 contact hours)
  2. Course description. This must be the same on the syllabus as what is proposed for the catalog.
  3. Attendance policy
  4. Textbooks, materials, and equipment required
  5. Disability Services Statement (please select a version and copy and paste its exact language into your syllabus):
    • Option 1: If you have a disability that may impact your academic performance, you may request accommodations by submitting documentation to the Office of Student Accessibility in Albany Quadrangle (503-768-7192). After you have submitted documentation and filled out paperwork there for the current semester requesting accommodations, staff in that office will notify me of the accommodations for which you are eligible.
    • Option 2: If you require academic accommodations please contact the Office of Student Accessibility in Albany Quadrangle (503-768-7192 or Once you complete the intake process and the Accommodations Agreement, you may Request to Send your Accommodations Letter. Student Support Services staff will then notify faculty of the accommodations for which you are eligible.
  6. Links to Lewis & Clark Graduate School essential policies (please copy and paste this exact language into your syllabus):

    This course adheres to the general policies outlined in the catalog and student handbook of the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. This includes full adherence to the following policies:

    If you have any questions regarding these policies, please speak to your instructor for clarification.

  7. As appropriate, additional narrative about the conceptual/theoretical elements of the course
  8. Course goals and objectives—describe what the student is expected to demonstrate as a result of taking this course
  9. Required and recommended reading
  10. Course calendar—include due dates, course topics, special guest speakers, special equipment needs, holidays, etc.
  11. All evaluated assignments and activities—include clear examples of what work will be graded (papers, portfolios, presentations, exams, participation, etc.) and how grades will be determined. This description of the assignments and activities requirements can include the expected format for work, due dates, criteria for evaluation, exams, etc.
  12. Specify in detail the methods of evaluation for all graded assignments and activities, how those methods factor into the final grade, and the scale used to determine final grades. State how late assignments and extra credit opportunities, if any, will be handled.

Last reviewed and updated by the curriculum committee September 24, 2021.