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WSU System Syllabus

Required Syllabus Elements

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Course Logistics

Required because:

To convey specific identifying information about the course.

What to include:
  • Semester and Year
  • Course Prefix and Number
  • Course Title
  • Catalog Description
  • Number of Credit Hours
  • Prerequisites (indicate none if none)
  • UCORE Category (if applicable)
  • Meeting Location (building and room)
  • Meeting Days and Times
  • Policies for Interacting with Remote Campus Students (if applicable)

Instructor Information

Required because:

To convey specific identifying information about the instructor(s) and/or TA(s).

What to include:
Course Instructor(s)
  • Name
  • Office Location
  • Contact Information (phone and e-mail)
  • Student Hours
Teaching Assistant(s) (if applicable)
  • Name
  • Office Location
  • Contact Information (phone and e-mail)
  • Student Hours

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Required or Recommended Materials and Course Fees

Required because:

It lays out clear expectations for procurement of all textbooks or materials used in the course.

What to include:

Textbooks

  • Whether Required or Recommended
  • Title
  • Edition (if applicable)
  • ISBN
  • Where Available
  • Estimated Cost

Other Materials

  • Whether Required or Recommended
  • Type of Materials
  • Where Available
  • Estimated Cost

Fees

  • Type of Fee (Course, Lab, Field Trip,…)
  • Amount

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Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Required because:

NWCCU Accreditation Standards include an institution-wide obligation to identify and publish expected course, program, and degree learning outcomes.

What to include:

To satisfy this requirement, the following are required components:

  • An overview of course-level student learning outcomes and means of assessment.
  • Identification of how assignments and activities advance learning outcomes, including in-class, online, and/or out-of-class components.
  • An overview of how course-level outcomes support UCORE learning outcomes, if the course holds a UCORE designation.

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Expectations for Student Effort

Required because:

NWCCU Accreditation Standards and Federal Policy (which WSU has incorporated into Academic Regulation 27) include an institution-wide obligation to identify and publish policies aligning student effort with credit hours being awarded.

What to include:

To satisfy this requirement, the following are required components:

  • Clear guidance for how much time and effort students should expect to invest in the course.
  • Graduate Courses should include the statement, “For each hour of lecture equivalent, students should expect to have a minimum of two hours of work outside class.”
  • Global Campus Courses should include the statement, “Students should expect to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week for each online 3-credit course, engaged in the following types of activities: reading, listening to/viewing media, discussion, or conversation in the LMS or other academic technology, conducting research, completing assignments and reviewing instructor feedback, studying for and completing assessments, etc.”

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Course Timeline

Required because:

NWCCU Accreditation Standards and Federal Policy (which WSU has incorporated into Academic Regulation 27) include an institution-wide obligation to identify and publish policies aligning student effort with credit hours awarded.

What to include:

Include a timeline for expected organizing questions/topics, assignments, exams, and other course activities. Include dates of additional activities such as field trips or competitions. Ideally, this will show details week-by-week. In LMS spaces, this can be a separate document clearly linked to the remainder of the syllabus materials.

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Assignments, Assessments, and Grading Policy

Required because:

It complies with NWCCU standard 2.C.3 and WSU Academic Regulation #90.

What to include:
  • Describe all types of assignments and assessments used for the course.
  • Provide relative weighting of assignments and assessments in determining final course grades.
  • Provide details for requirements to earn specific grades.
    • Indicate letter-grade equivalencies (such as numerical ranges for each potential grade) or other grading criteria to determine student progress and grades.
    • Provide information about how grades will be rounded and avoid non-specified ranges (e.g., if 89% earns a B+ and 90% earns an A-, what grade is given to a student with an 89.5%?)

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Attendance and Make-up Policy

Required because:

It complies with NWCCU standard 2.C.3 and WSU Academic Regulation #72.

What to include:
Attendance Policy

Provide details on how attendance influences final course grades. Seek a balance between grading and attendance policies so that penalties for excessive absences are clear, but that attendance in of itself is not over-represented in the grading scheme.

Make-up Exams
  • Indicate whether missed exams can be made up.
  • Provide details on how students may make up missed exams, if allowed.
Make-up Laboratories
  • Indicate whether missed laboratory sessions can be made up.
  • Provide details on how students may make up missed labs, if allowed.

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COVID-19 Statement

Look for updates in August 2021
Required because:

To inform students of COVID-19 policies mandated by the university and public health agencies.  This requirement coordinates with efforts by the Public Health Emergency Planning Task Force and the Risk Management Advisory Group.

What to include:
COVID-19 Policy

Students are expected to abide by all current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives.  These directives may be adjusted to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.  Directives may include, but are not limited to, compliance with WSU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, wearing a cloth face covering, physically distancing, and sanitizing common use spaces.   All current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives are located at https://wsu.edu/covid-19/.  Students who do not comply with these directives may be required to leave the classroom; in egregious or repetitive cases, student non-compliance may be referred to the Center for Community Standards for action under the Standards of Conduct for Students.

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Academic Integrity Statement

Required because:

It complies with WAC 504-26-010(3) and WAC 504-26-404.

What to include:

Either of the following statements is acceptable. Course-specific sanctions for violating WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy must be included in the bolded italicized portion.

Short Form:

All members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Students are responsible for understanding the full Academic Integrity Statement. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in WAC 504-26-010(3) and -404) will receive [insert academic sanction (e.g., fail the course, fail the assignment, etc.)], will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Center for Community Standards. If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, ask your course instructor.

Long Form:

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(4) will receive [insert academic sanction (e.g., fail the course, fail the assignment, etc.)], will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Center for Community Standards.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). Read and understand all of the definitions of cheating. If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed, ask your course instructor.

If you wish to appeal a instructor’s decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at communitystandards.wsu.edu. Make sure you submit your appeal within 21 calendar days of the instructor’s decision.

Graduate Courses:

Faculty may also use the statement available on the GSC website:  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/rights-and-responsibilities/

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WSU Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Required because:

It complies with Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

What to include:
Students with Disabilities:

Reasonable accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities or chronic medical or psychological conditions. If you have such a condition and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit your campus’ Access Center/Services website to follow published procedures to request accommodations. Students may also contact their campus offices to schedule an appointment with a Disability Specialist. All disability related accommodations are to be approved through the Access Center/Services on your campus. It is a university expectation that students connect with instructors (via email, Zoom, or in person) to discuss logistics within two weeks after they have officially requested their accommodations.

For more information, contact a Disability Specialist on your home campus:

Graduate Courses:

Faculty may also use the statement available on the GSC website:  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/rights-and-responsibilities/

 

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Religious Accommodation Statement

Required because:

Substitute Senate Bill 5166 was signed into Washington State law, effective July 28, 2019.  This law requires post-secondary institutions to provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances or activities.

What to include:
Accommodation for Religious Observances or Activities

Washington State University reasonably accommodates absences allowing for students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Reasonable accommodation requires the student to coordinate with the instructor on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for course completion. Students requesting accommodation must provide written notification within the first two weeks of the beginning of the course and include specific dates for absences. Approved accommodations for absences will not adversely impact student grades. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who feel they have been treated unfairly in terms of this accommodation may refer to Academic Regulation 104 – Academic Complaint Procedures.

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Safety and Emergency Notification

Required because:

It was mandated by WSU’s President beginning in 2015.

What to include:

The following “short form” paragraph is to be included. The long form version is recommended.  Details about campus-specific safety information can be found at https://provost.wsu.edu/classroom-safety/ as well.

Short Form (Required):

Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the classroom safety page https://provost.wsu.edu/classroom-safety/.

Long Form (Recommended):

Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act,” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able).

Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the WSU safety portal.

Full details can be found at https://provost.wsu.edu/classroom-safety/