Syllabus Checklist

 Required Content Recommended Content Additional Resources

The Syllabus Policy can be found in Section 9.1 of the Faculty Handbook.

Required Content

Course Information

  • Course name e.g. Calculus I
  • Course number and section number
    e.g. MATH 151.04 or MATH 151, Section 4.
  • Official course description, copied from the Academic Bulletin.
  • Semester e.g. Fall 2021
  • Distribution Requirements (as applicable)
    List the tag and description of any Distribution Requirements (DR) the course fulfills.

Instructor Information

  • Instructor’s name
  • Office hours
    From the Faculty Handbook: “Faculty are expected to post and keep regularly scheduled office hours so as to be available to students, advisees, and colleagues. These hours—at least six per week—must not all fall in the same class-hour sequence. Individuals not holding a full-time position will hold office hours proportional to their appointments.”
  • Office location
  • Preferred means of contact

Learning Outcomes

  • Course learning outcomes
  • DR outcomes
    Courses that satisfy a Distribution Requirement (DR) should include a learning outcome aligned with the relevant DR learning outcome as articulated by the Curriculum Committee
  • FS outcomes
    FS courses should include learning outcomes that are aligned with the FS global expectations

Course Policies

Course Information

  • Course materials
    List both required and optional materials.
  • Course schedule
    A description of what students can expect to be asked to do over the course of the semester noting, at least approximately, when major assignments or exams will be due, which will assist students with budgeting their time. Some instructors prefer to include a course calendar describing what is expected when, including in some cases a detailed day-by-day account of course requirements, but such details are not required. This information could also be provided on Canvas, rather than including it in your syllabus.

Syllabus Statements

Various syllabus statements are available in this document for faculty who choose to use them. The document includes statements on the following: Statement of Community; Educational Accommodations; Religious Observance; Academic Integrity; Academic Alerts; Mental Health and Wellness; Gator Success Grants; Writing and Speaking Consultants; Gator Day / Scholar Symposium; Class Deans; and Recording Policy. As recommended content, these statements are intended to make your lives easier by providing consistent content in some key areas. We ask that if you use these statements, that you not edit the text. Some are directly from College policies and all have been carefully vetted with the appropriate offices and staff. Please direct questions to Rachel Weir.

Grading Policies

Provide a clear description of how student work will be assessed and grades will be assigned. For example, let students know how much each component of their work will count in the final grade and whether revisions or extra credit are accepted or available. Describe under which conditions, if any, late or missing work will be accepted.

Student Conduct

  • Statement of Community
    List expectations aligning with the College’s Statement of Community.
  • Honor Code
    List expectations aligning with the Honor Code. In particular, if students will be doing group or collaborative work, describe specifically what is considered to be fair and effective collaboration, as well as any behaviors that are not acceptable. In those cases where expectations for collaboration or compliance with the Honor Code may vary by assignment, it is sufficient for the syllabus to indicate that expectations will be provided with each assignment. In any case, students should be encouraged to ask questions if they are unsure about what is expected and allowed.

Additional Resources

See the Academic Calendars page on the Registrar’s site for important semester dates.
Final Exam Schedule
To determine when your final exams will be:

  1. Look at your schedule of courses on Self Service. Each course will have an exam code (A-L), which corresponds to a final exam date and time.
  2. On the Academic Calendars page (see above), click on the relevant semester heading in the right-hand menu. A link to the final exam schedule should open up.
  3. Navigate to the final exam schedule page and find your exam code in the list.

Please also refer to the Tests, Papers, and Examinations Policy in the Academic Bulletin.

DSpace Archive
Syllabi are archived in DSpace under Curricular Materials so this is a great place to start if you’re looking for examples of how to structure your syllabi.