Administrative Services

File Code: PRO.SYLLABUS.POL
Approval Date: 9/25/2003
Revised Date: 9/19/2011 
Approved By: President and Faculty Senate

Course Syllabus Policy

Education works best when a clear understanding is established between instructor and student.

Since students need to know what is required of them in order to complete a course satisfactorily, instructors will provide each student with a course syllabus. Items that must appear in the syllabus include the following:

  1. Title of the course, course number, section number, meeting days and times, nature, purpose and objectives of the course. FYE, WID, and Global Issues courses will be so identified.
  2. Prerequisites, and corequisites (Note: It is the responsibility of the student to comply with the prerequisites/corequisites for a course that he/she plans to take. Instructors who place the appropriate information on the syllabus and emphasize it during the first three class periods may exclude a student from the class who does not meet the prerequisites/corequisites by sending a note to the student with a copy to the registrar within the first two weeks of the term.)
  3. “In accordance with University policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), academic accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the instructor of the need for an accommodation. For the instructor to provide the proper accommodation(s) you must obtain documentation of the need for an accommodation through Disability Resource Center (DRC) and provide it to the instructor. It is imperative that you take the initiative to bring such needs to the instructor's attention, as he/she is not legally permitted to inquire about such particular needs of students. Students who may require special assistance in emergency evacuations (i.e. fire, tornado, etc.) should contact the instructor as to the most appropriate procedures to follow in such an emergency. Contact Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 298-2512 for additional services.”
  4. Contact information such as instructor's name, office number, office hours, office phone number, fax number, e-mail address, personal web address (personal home page).
  5. Books and/or materials required.
  6. A statement indicating how the student's final grade will be determined, including any minimum requirements. Beginning in Fall 2010, WIU will utilize plus-minus grading in undergraduate courses. It is imperative that students clearly understand how their final grades will be determined.
  7. Outside work required (readings, web searches, field experiences, trips, etc.), if any.
  8. Additional fees or costs to be incurred by the student, if any.
  9. Attendance requirements and penalties, if any.
  10. This statement is required for all WID courses:
    This course has been designated to meet the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement. WID courses provide instruction in the processes and formats for the writing content and style needed to be an effective professional in a student’s chosen field.
  11. This statement is required for all Bachelors of General Studies (BGS) online writing courses:
    This course has been designated to meet the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement for degree-seeking students in the BGS program. Online BGS writing courses provide instruction in the processes and formats for the writing content and style needed to be an effective professional in a student’s chosen field.
  12. Web address for student rights and responsibilities (http://www.wiu.edu/provost/students.php)
  13. Web address for Academic Integrity Policy (http://www.wiu.edu/policies/acintegrity.php)

Course syllabi should be distributed prior to the end of the full refund/credit period. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the syllabus after this time.

Failure to provide adequate written information about course requirements may provide sufficient grounds to appeal to the Council on Admission, Graduation and Academic Standards for a late withdrawal for undergraduate students, and to the Graduate Council for graduate students.