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Syllabus Toolbox

The course syllabus serves as a contract between the student and professor regarding course expectations and policies, and can set the tone for a successful semester.

A course syllabus must be finalized and distributed to the class during the first week of classes.

About Course Syllabi

The course syllabus should clearly communicate what the instructor expects of students and what students can expect from the instructor.

During the semester, instructors are expected to conform to their course syllabi, except as unanticipated circumstances require deviation. In such situations, instructors should inform all students and provide an opportunity for discussion with students prior to making a final decision regarding changes in the course syllabus.