Syllabus Development

Are you new to teaching? Do you want to be sure to include all the university policies and procedures in your syllabus? You've come to the right place!

The course syllabus is an agreement between the instructor and his or her students to establish the rules of engagement for the course and what is required of students for them to receive credit for the course. Here are some things that are generally included in a university syllabus:

  • Course title and section number
  • Meeting day(s), time(s), and location
  • Course description
  • Course objectives
  • Instructor's name
  • Course fee(s) amount and specifically what those fees will cover
  • Textbook(s), resources, and/or materials that will be required to complete course assignments
  • Evaluation methods and criteria including:
    • Assignment overview,
    • Assignment grade weighting, and
    • Grading scheme
  • Attendance policy
  • Late work policy
  • University policies:
    • Academic freedom and professional responsibilities
    • Academic integrity
    • Sexual harassment/Equity
    • Withdrawal policy
    • Incomplete grade policy
    • Resources for students with disabilities
    • Diversity statement
    • Grievance process
    • Emergency procedures

The university policies can be found in the Student Code of Conduct and on the Provost's website.

Additional Resources

To see samples from other courses, a list of available course syllabi can be found by going to

If you want to learn how to build your course syllabus in Canvas, click on the button below:

Developing a Syllabus in Canvas