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Course Syllabus Policy
This policy ensures that students have easy access to course syllabi and those syllabi contain information relevant to student success.
Provost and Vice President
February 6, 2017
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Scheduled for Review
Instructors of record are required to develop a course syllabus for each offering of a course and communicate the syllabus to students. A current copy of each course syllabus must be made available to students in the College's learning management system by the first scheduled day of the class.
A. Syllabus Requirements
The elements listed in this section of the policy are required.
*Items marked with an asterisk denote federal compliance issues that are required by the HLC. The syllabus requirements are a minimum and faculty can include additional information. Faculty are not required to use a uniform syllabus template. The template in the Appendix is only an example.
Reason for Policy
Fort Lewis College will ensure that students have easy access to course syllabi and those syllabi contain information relevant to student success in the course. Students need a consistent level of basic information about the content, requirements and expectations for each course in which they are enrolled. For the purposes of this policy, a syllabus is a document that informs students about course requirements, expectations and information students need to know in order to successfully complete the work of the course.
The Higher Learning Commission's assumed practice states that instructors communicate course requirements to students through syllabi. In addition the Higher Learning Commission's Credit Hour Policies, developed to enforce the U.S. Department of Education's requirement related to credit hour definition, necessitates that a syllabus be available for review for each course taught.
Policy approved October 16, 2013
Policy revised to add Section A.1.d. and make editorial changes to Appendix A, August 14, 2014
Policy revised to make Appendix A, the Course Syllabus Template a downloadable file that could be filled out and submitted digitally, January 11, 2016.
Policy revised to add Section A.1.J. to align with Final Examinations policy, August 17, 2016.
Policy revised to amend Section A. 6. from "GT Pathways Competencies (if applicable)" to "All syllabi for Liberal Arts Core and GT Pathways courses must include the following:..," February 6, 2017.
Appendix A revised to include an ADA compliant Course Syllabus Template, April 19, 2017.