The Maricopa Community College District Online Policy Manual, Regulation 3.6, http://www.maricopa.edu/publicstewardship/governance/adminregs/instruction/3_6.php specifies course syllabus elements.

The MCCCD strives to create a productive learning environment for all students. Students will be advised of course content and instructor expectations through a course syllabus. The course syllabus serves as an agreement between the instructor and student.

The instructor must present a course syllabus to students during the first week of a class (before the end of drop/add). A copy of the course syllabus must be submitted to the division/department office at the college no later than the end of the first week of class.

The following items must be included in the course syllabus:

  • College name, campus or site
  • Instructor’s name and contact information
  • Course information
  • Title, prefix, course number and section number(s)
  • Academic term and year, e.g., Fall 2007
  • Course description and/or overview
  • Course objectives
  • Grading standards and practices
  • Attendance requirements
  • List of required and recommended texts and materials
  • Statement of student responsibility for the college policies included in the college catalog and the student handbook
  • Information about the availability of services for students that require special accommodations
  • Statement indicating that information included in the syllabus may be subject to change such as: “Students will be notified by the instructor of any changes in course requirements or policies.”

An instructor may choose to include additional information, such as expectations for academic work, required format, due dates, penalties for late/missed work, extra credit, etc., as necessary.

Adopted through the Administrative Regulations approval process on December 8, 2006.

At Mesa Community College, the Office of Academic Affairs requires that faculty members specifically state language in the course syllabus on policy and procedures for Academic Integrity also defined as Cheating and Plagiarism in the Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulations for Students. See Academic Misconduct in the Student Handbook (Section 2.3.11) and Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy in this Faculty Handbook.  MCC faculty members are also required to include the official statement about the MCC Early Alert Referral System (EARS) Program.  See example on pgs. 45, 49, or 105 for more information on the EARS Program.

The MCC Center for Teaching and Learning also recommends that faculty members include the following information if they are appropriate to the course and the faculty member’s expectations.

Safety regulations statement

If you teach a course that includes a laboratory, practicum, or other hands-on

experience that requires students to follow certain safety procedures and policies, it is a good idea to document the specific safety policies and procedures that students will be required to observe in your course.

Your policy on taping of lectures

If you do not indicate a policy on taping of lectures in your syllabus at the beginning of the course, students automatically have the right to do so.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students with certain types of disabilities may have the right to tape lectures, even if your policy prohibits the class from doing so. For more information about ADA, visit:
http://www.mesacc.edu/disability-services

Examples

Following are sample syllabi that illustrate how all of these elements can be presented effectively.