Teaching Policies & Resources — Syllabus Template
The University of Iowa
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of XX
Title of Course: Number and Section
Other numbers of course on MyUI if cross-listed
Building: Room Number
Some of the policies relating to this course (such as the drop deadline) are governed by its administrative home, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 120 Schaeffer Hall.
Office location and hours: [3 hrs min./wk.] and by appointment
DEO: [name plus location]
Course Supervisor [only for teaching assistants]:
Office and hours:
Phone and e-mail:
Description of Course
Give a description of the course subject matter and some of the reasons for its importance or other contextual material.
Objectives and Goals of the Course
Describe the intended outcomes and goals of the courses, including perhaps the skills practiced and the knowledge of particular subject matter or of an approach to learning gained.
[Note: If the course is a General Education course, please include this fact in the description, noting its category within the program and the goals or objectives of the course in terms of the GE outcomes. Visit this link to review the goals of each area within the GE CLAS Core.]
Required texts or materials (available at [give name of bookstore]):
Texts on reserve:
Other required materials:
Grading System and the Use of +/-
Let students know if the course uses the plus or minus grading system. If plus or minus is not used, you must tell students on the syllabus. Please indicate that A+ grades are given only in extraordinary situations.
Assignments and Percentage of Final Grade
Outline the percentage each assignment is worth.
A Note on Collaboration
Your final research project is collaborative. Each student on a research team is expected to complete a similar amount of work and to contribute equally to the final project. Each student will complete a self-evaluation and a group evaluation, describing this equality or the lack of it during the group’s work. For more information, see the assignment sheet, the grading rubric, and the self-evaluation form for the project. Students who misrepresent themselves as equal partners in this collaborative project but who are actually letting others do the bulk of the work will be reported to the College for academic dishonesty. If you have questions, it is your responsibility to ask them.
Exams and Percentage of Final Grade
Please remember that final exams may only be given during finals week according to CLAS policy. Likewise, no major exams may be given the week before finals week.
A Word about the Date and Time of the Final Exam:
The final examination date and time will be announced by the Registrar generally by the fifth week of classes. I will announce the final examination date and time for this course at the course ICON site once it is known. Do not plan your end of the semester travel plans until the final exam schedule is made public. It is your responsibility to know the date, time, and place of the final exam.
Course attendance: Describe all attendance policies in detail. Please add a statement regarding the following UI policy and the documentation you will require to excuse an absence: "University regulations require that students be allowed to make up examinations which have been missed due to illness, mandatory religious obligations, or other unavoidable circumstances or University activities."
Participation in class discussions: Outline all expectations, especially relation to final grade.
Timely completion of assignments: Note any consequences for late assignments.
Other Expectations of Student Performance
Some instructors include expectations for civil behavior and consequences for any disturbances of the class.
Resources for Students
Students will find the Writing Center and the Speaking Center very useful for this course; the Tutor Iowa site is also very valuable for students seeking extra help:
Writing Center: https://writingcenter.uiowa.edu/
Speaking Center: https://speakingcenter.uiowa.edu/
Tutor Iowa: https://tutor.uiowa.edu/
Calendar of Course Assignments and Exams
Detailed reading assignments, other assignments, and exams should be noted on a calendar of assignments. Calendar headings highlighting topics or ideas studied each week can be very helpful to students. It is also helpful for students to have an evaluated assignment before the third week of the class in order to provide explicit course expectations. Also, students are more likely to participate and attend a class when graded assignments occur throughout the semester on a regular basis.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Important Policies and Procedures
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the administrative home of this course and governs matters such as the add/drop deadlines, the second-grade-only option, and other related issues. Different colleges may have different policies. Questions may be addressed to 120 Schaeffer Hall, or see the CLAS Academic Policies Handbook.
University policy specifies that students are responsible for all official correspondences sent to their University of Iowa e-mail address (@uiowa.edu). Faculty and students should use this account for correspondence (Operations Manual, III.15.2. Scroll down to k.11).
Accommodations for Disabilities
A student seeking academic accommodations should first register with Student Disability Services and then meet with the course instructor privately in the instructor's office to make particular arrangements. See https://sds.studentlife.uiowa.edu/ for more information.
Nondiscrimination in the Classroom
The University of Iowa is committed to making the classroom a respectful and inclusive space for all people irrespective of their gender, sexual, racial, religious or other identities. Toward this goal, students are invited to optionally share their preferred names and pronouns with their instructors and classmates. The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination and harassment against individuals on the basis of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and other identity categories set forth in the University’s Human Rights policy. For more information, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit diversity.uiowa.edu.
All students taking CLAS courses have, in essence, agreed to the College's Code of Academic Honesty: "I pledge to do my own academic work and to excel to the best of my abilities, upholding the IOWA Challenge. I promise not to lie about my academic work, to cheat, or to steal the words or ideas of others; nor will I help fellow students to violate the Code of Academic Honesty." Any student committing academic misconduct is reported to the College and placed on disciplinary probation or may be suspended or expelled (CLAS Academic Policies Handbook).
CLAS Final Examination Policies
The date and time of every final examination is announced by the Registrar generally by the fifth week of classes. No exams of any kind are allowed during the last week of classes. All students should plan on being at the UI through the final examination period. It is the student's responsibility to know the date, time, and place of the final exam.
Making a Suggestion or a Complaint
Students with a suggestion or complaint should first visit with the instructor (and the course supervisor), and then with the departmental DEO. Complaints must be made within six months of the incident (CLAS Academic Policies Handbook).
Understanding Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. All members of the UI community have a responsibility to uphold this mission and to contribute to a safe environment that enhances learning. Incidents of sexual harassment should be reported immediately. See the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator for assistance, definitions, and the full University policy.
Reacting Safely to Severe Weather
In severe weather, class members should seek appropriate shelter immediately, leaving the classroom if necessary. The class will continue if possible when the event is over. For more information on Hawk Alert and the siren warning system, visit the Public Safety website.