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Syllabus Resources

Syllabus Template

The Syllabus Template was created in Word and structured so that it is fully accessible when saved correctly as a PDF. This template was designed so that instructors could easily insert their information and be assured that their Syllabus meets accessibility requirements. The template is based on a face-to-face course.

Visit the Accessible Document Tutorials & Videos page to learn how to create accessible documents.


Sample Syllabus Statements

This collection of sample syllabus statements has been curated by the Office of IDEAS as a resource for instructors to include or make adjustments to their syllabi. Faculty are invited to use as much or as little of this content as they see fit. The content of this document contains suggestions based on best practices and feedback from our instructional designers and faculty members.


Consider a Syllabus Quiz

To ensure that your students have actually read your syllabus, consider giving them a Syllabus Quiz. The purpose of a Syllabus Quiz is to familiarize the student with the content of the syllabus, class calendar, rules, and so on. By requiring a Syllabus Quiz students are responsible for their own learning. They know where they can find the answers to questions about the course and are aware of the rules relating to the class.

By doing this, they know where to find the answers to questions such as:

  • What day is a particular assignment due?
  • How can I reach my professor?
  • Does my professor allow for extra credit work?