Planning the Course Syllabus
Each student in a course must be provided with a written course syllabus at the first class meeting.
If revisions of the syllabus become necessary, they must be written and circulated to all students in the course. The syllabus should contain at least the following:
- the instructor’s contact information and, when required, office hours
- a list of books and/or materials that students are required to purchase
- the instructional objectives of the course
- attendance, plagiarism and student conduct policies
- the grading policy, including a schedule for quizzes, papers, examinations, and the final examination, along with the relative weights that are assigned to each in determining the final grade
- an outline of the subject areas to be covered
- Student Learning Outcomes for the course
- Please note: Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) at the course level will be mapped to Program Learning Outcomes (What students should learn as a result of their specific major) and to Institutional Learning Outcomes (Educational values, knowledge and skills that students learn across their experiences at the college). For assistance on curriculum mapping, please contact the Associate Provost and Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment.
- General Education Student Learning Outcomes (where applicable)
- Include the Disability Statement below approved by The Office of Disability Resources for students who wish to seek accommodations
- “It is my goal that this class be an accessible and welcoming experience for all students, including those with disabilities. You are welcome to talk to me at any point in the semester about course design concerns, but it is always best if we can talk as soon as possible about the need for any modifications. The Office of Disability Resources collaborates directly with students who identify documented disabilities to create accommodation plans, including testing accommodations, in order for students to access course content and validly demonstrate learning. For those students who may require accommodations, please call or email the Office of Disability Resources, (914) 251-6035, firstname.lastname@example.org.”
- Include this COVID-19 statement:
COMMUNITY HEALTH DURING COVID-19:
To ensure that each of us has a healthy and safe learning experience, all students are required to remain informed and follow Purchase College Policy and/or any departmental, local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations for attending classes on campus and in a remote learning environment.
Within courses that involve in-person contact, all students, faculty members, staff, and visitors are required to adhere to the expectations outlined on the College’s COVID-19 website. Failure to comply with requirements (e.g. wearing masks, maintaining social distancing where applicable) will result in the request to leave the classroom for that in-person class session. Students may also be referred to the Office of Community Standards.
Do not enter campus buildings if you test positive for or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Contact your faculty and Health Services if you need to miss class because of COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result. The conservatory/school will address on a case by case basis student absences due to COVID-19, while awaiting test results, or during quarantine.
- Consult the Academic Credit and Student Workload in the Academic Policies section of the Purchase College Catalog.
Syllabus Template and Guidelines: .docx
Your School/Conservatory Director, Department Chair, or colleagues will be happy to provide you with sample syllabi.