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**Check with your department chair for any course related expectations and sample syllabi.  Your department may have a standard syllabus for the course you are teaching.**

Faculty members must make available a syllabus to each of their students, preferably on the first meeting day but no later than the third meeting day of each of their courses. The syllabus states the expectations of the course. An electronic copy of each syllabus must be filed by faculty members with their department chair during the first week of each semester.

A syllabus must contain the following information:

  • Course discipline and number
  • Course title
  • Semester offered
  • Instructor’s name
  • Instructor’s office location
  • Instructor’s office telephone
  • Instructor’s email address
  • Instructor’s office hours (See below)
  • Course catalog description including course credits
  • Textbook (and any other items to be provided by the students)
  • Civitae Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes (if applicable; they should be written so as to identify sections of the same courses and distinguish them from other courses)
  • Course Student Learning Outcomes (mandatory outcomes for all sections of this course as
    determined by the appropriate department)
  • Section Student Learning Outcomes (additional outcomes for this section if applicable)
  • Class schedule (Must include at least a weekly listing of substantive topics, with dates.)
  • Course requirements (due dates and descriptions for tests, term papers, etc. as well as their connections with course outcomes where appropriate)
  • Grading policy (See section II-C Grading and II-E Final examinations of Faculty Policy and Procedures Manual)
  • Attendance policy (See section II-F Class Attendance of Faculty Policy and Procedures Manual
  • Link to Academic Affairs Syllabus page that contain information common to all university courses (including Disability, Title IX, Mental Health Services as approved by Faculty Senate and posted here: http://www.longwood.edu/academicaffairs/syllabus-statements/.
  • Optional items may include but are not limited to cellphone or other electronics policy, policy on late work, inclement weather, etc.

OFFICE HOURS

Faculty members are expected to be available to consult with students outside scheduled classroom hours. At least four office hours per week must be posted on the door of each faculty office.

Distance learning courses must also include provisions for structured access to and interaction with the faculty member. The access may be through office hours scheduled at the off-campus site or through appropriate e-mail, Internet, and other electronic communication. The course syllabus should clearly state the means of structured access and interaction for the course.

 

CLASS ATTENDANCE

As noted in the Undergraduate Catalog

Students are expected to attend all classes. Failure to attend class regularly impairs academic performance. Absences are disruptive to the educational process for others. This is especially true when absences cause interruptions for clarification of material previously covered, failure to assume assigned responsibilities for class presentations, or failure to adjust to changes in assigned material or due dates. It is the responsibility of each instructor to give students a copy of his or her attendance policy in the course syllabus. Instructors may assign a grade of “0” or “F” on work missed because of unexcused absences. Instructors have the right to lower a student’s course grade, but no more than one letter grade, if the student misses 10 percent of the scheduled class meeting times for unexcused absences. Instructors have the right to assign a course grade of “F” when the student has missed a total (excused and unexcused) of 25 percent of the scheduled class meeting times. Students must assume full responsibility for any loss incurred because of absence, whether excused or unexcused. Instructors should permit students to make up work when the absence is excused. Excused absences are those resulting from the student’s participation in a college-sponsored activity, from recognizable emergencies, or from serious illness. Faculty may require documentation for excused absences in their attendance policy. Student Health Services will provide documentation of needed absence in very limited cases: only for those students who are sent home by Student Health (ex. Communicable disease). The Dean of Students may also provide documentation for students unable to attend class due to mental health reasons.

For a MWF class, this is what it might look like in your syllabus:

Class Participation and Attendance:  In order to succeed in this course and to fulfill your commitment to others you must attend class.  Attendance is expected and will be taken every class.  Class attendance is vital to your success in this class.  In-class lectures, daily speaking assignments, discussion and activities will help you understand the theories covered.  Also, as assignments are being discussed, and your colleagues are asking questions, you will pick up additional information you could not receive unless you were there. Therefore, in accordance with Longwood University policy, if you miss

*10% – 24% of the semester’s classes (4 – 9 days of class) your course grade will be dropped one letter grade from the score you earned.

*25% of the classes during the semester (10 or more), you will receive an “F” in the course, regardless of performance on assignments.

*If you are late 3 times this semester, it will count as 1 absence

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be in class on time so that you can be marked present.  You are responsible for class notes, including information regarding assignments, in case you are absent.  It is not the responsibility of the instructor to see that you are caught up.

For a TR class, this is what it might look like in your syllabus:

Class Participation and Attendance:  In order to succeed in this course and to fulfill your commitment to others you must attend class.  Attendance is expected and will be taken every class.  Class attendance is vital to your success in this class.  In-class lectures, daily speaking assignments, discussion and activities will help you understand the theories covered.  Also, as assignments are being discussed, and your colleagues are asking questions, you will pick up additional information you could not receive if you are absence. Therefore, in accordance with Longwood University policy, if you miss

*10% – 24% of the semester’s classes (3-6) your course grade will be dropped one letter grade from the score you earned.

*25% of the classes (7 or more) during the semester, you will receive an “F” in the course, regardless of performance on assignments.

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be in class on time so that you can be marked present.  You are responsible for class notes, including information regarding assignments, in case you are absent.  It is not the responsibility of the instructor to see that you are caught up.