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WSU System Syllabus

Recommended Syllabus Elements


Academic Dates and Deadlines

Students are encouraged to refer to the academic calendar often to remain aware of critical deadlines throughout the semester. The academic calendar can be found at


Classroom Expectations and Instructional Methods

It is recommended that the syllabus include policies concerning the following (these lists are not exhaustive):

Classroom expectations
  • Classroom decorum
  • Cell phones and text messaging
  • Late arrivals to or early departures from class
  • Location-specific safety information
Instructional Methods
  • Will you use group work or peer review?
  • Will students collaborate, work independently, or both?
  • Are there hands-on projects and opportunities for critical inquiry?
  • What are your expectations for groups vs. individual work?
  • How will group work be evaluated?
  • What are the policies concerning assignment revisions or late submissions?


Discrimination and Harrassment Policy Statement

Discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) is prohibited at WSU (See WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment (Executive Policy 15) and WSU Standards of Conduct for Students). If you feel you have experienced or have witnessed discriminatory conduct, you can contact the WSU Compliance & Civil Rights (CCR) and/or the WSU Title IX Coordinator at 509-335-8288 to discuss resources, including confidential resources, and reporting options. (Visit for more information). Most WSU employees, including faculty, who have information regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are required to report the information to CCR or a designated Title IX Coordinator or Liaison.  (Visit for more info).


Final Exam Information

“Final exams are scheduled the last week of the semester; the Final Exam Schedule is posted on the Registrar’s website (” It is suggested that this date and time also be included on the course syllabus, especially since first-year and new transfer students may not be aware that WSU does not hold final exams during regular course times.


Incomplete Grades

University policy (Academic Regulation 90) states that a grade of Incomplete may be awarded only if “the student is unable to complete their work on time due to circumstances beyond their control.”  It is recommended that instructors clearly articulate a policy concerning incomplete grades in the course syllabus.


Learning Management System / Course Website

It is recommended that you use the university’s Learning Management System (LMS) to provide course materials and communicate with your students instead of through your personal webpage. See for details about using Canvas, the current LMS used across WSU beginning Fall 2021. It is recommended that you convey in the syllabus any information concerning your course’s LMS resources or other course websites. The LMS can provide a forum to start or continue a course if there is a weather-related or other disruption of campus activities.


Severe Weather Statement

For severe weather alerts, see and In the event of severe weather affecting university operations, guidance will be issued through the alert system.


Student Crisis Resources (Pullman)

It is recommended that the following list of resources be made available to Pullman campus students. This information will also be available through myWSU. Similar lists of resources will be compiled for the other campus locations.

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, DIAL 911 FIRST!
  • Student Care Network:
  • Cougar Transit: 978 267-7233
  • WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 509 335-2159
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800 273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • WSU Pullman Police: 509 335-8548
  • Pullman Police (Non-Emergency): 509 332-2521
  • WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance & Investigation: 509 335-8288
  • Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse: 877 334-2887
  • Pullman 24-Hour Crisis Line: 509 334-1133