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Syllabus resources

Listed below are suggestions and sample language that faculty might use in their syllabuses.  Most of these items are optional.  Please note that language related to the credit hour policy is required for all syllabuses. 

Basic Information

  • Course name, number, section number, term and year, course location
  • Course description
  • Faculty name and contact information, office hours, office location and other communications policy
  • List of all required texts and materials
  • Learning objectives for the course, how these related to college-wide learning outcomes (see sample syllabus language)
  • Grading policy
  • Grading scale
  • Attendance policy (see Augustana Attendance Guidelines)
  • Due dates for all assignments, including reading assignments and projects
  • Course schedule (account for holidays and Symposium Days)

Credit Hour Policy (Required)

Our credit hour policy needs to be stated clearly in each syllabus. The policy is shared below.  

In accordance with federal policy, Augustana defines a credit hour as the amount of work represented in the achievement of learning outcomes (verified by evidence of student achievement) that reasonably approximates one hour (50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work. Each standard, four-credit course at Augustana meets Monday-Wednesday-Friday for 75 minutes each day (225 minutes/week) or Tuesday-Thursday for 100 minutes each day (200 minutes/week) for approximately 14 weeks (one semester). Note that holidays during the semester occur more often on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, hence additional weekly seat time is allotted to MWF classes to compensate for the missed holiday time (a typical semester will have 37 MWF classes and 27 Tues/Thurs classes). Each standard course requires 8-10 hours of out-of-class student work per week. For courses carrying fewer than 4 credits, classroom and out-of-class student work expectations are reduced by the appropriate proportion.
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At least an equivalent amount of work as required in the first paragraph of this definition for other activities as established by the institution including internships, practica, private study, studio work, immersion terms, ensembles, lessons, tutorials, student teaching and other academic work leading toward the award of credit hours.

Academic Accommodations

All students enrolled in this class who have a documented disability have the right to reasonable accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act. Students requesting accommodations are required to provide documentation of their disability to Yen Dao, the Director of Student Success Services, by filling out the “request for academic accommodations” form on the link provided: https://www.augustana.edu/student-life/residential-life/accommodations. Please present the Accommodation Letter to me after class, during office hours, or over email in the first week of the term and remind me at least seven days before needing the accommodations. Students who have or think they may have a disability are invited to contact Yen Dao for a confidential discussion. For more information, please contact yendao@augustana.edu or visit room 439 of the Gerber Center.

Basic Needs

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Dean of Students for support.

Honor Code/Academic Integrity

All students are required to abide by the principles of academic integrity that are articulated in the Honor Code of Augustana College.  Every member of the Augustana community has the obligation to report violations of the Honor Code to the Honor Council.  To view the Honor Code - including links to definitions of and statements on infractions, the Honor Pledge and composition of the Honor Council, and reporting forms - visit https://www.augustana.edu/academics/honor-code

Your Right to Education Free from Discrimination & Harassment

Augustana College is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Our Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment describes your right to freedom from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, service in uniformed service, veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by law. Consistent with state and federal requirements, our Policy against Sex Discrimination specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship violence. To find resources available to you or anyone on campus who has experienced discrimination or harassment, please visit www.augustana.edu/titleix

As a faculty member, I am required to report any information I have about potential violations of these policies to help foster a safer campus for all. If you would like to speak with someone confidentially about these issues, you can visit Counseling Services (309-794-7357), Campus Clergy (309-794-7213), or the Campus Confidential Advisor, Emilee Goad (563-468-2324).  All college employees are mandated reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.

Religious Holiday Policy

Augustana College celebrates the importance of religious expression in the lives of our students and “offers every student the opportunity to develop a life-shaping spirituality." (See also The Five Faith Commitments of Augustana College). Consistent with our commitment to creating an academic community that welcomes and respects religious diversity, we commit ourselves to making every reasonable effort to support students in observing major religious holidays without academic or co-curricular penalty.

Students are required to notify their instructor in advance that they must miss class in order to observe a religious holiday and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to complete work missed during their absence. Final exams or other exam week requirements that may overlap with a religious holiday must be petitioned using the Exam Week Policies standards adopted by the faculty.

The Office of Campus Ministries will maintain on its website a calendar of the most important holidays in major religious traditions. While the college encourages students to celebrate any cultural customs and traditions that hold personal significance, we are not able to excuse students from class attendance or participation in course requirements for cultural observations.  

Questions that arise in carrying out this policy should be addressed to the College Registrar or the Office of Academic Affairs.