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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. 

Fall 2020 COVID-specific Syllabus Resources

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. Policy language and syllabus template language for various kinds of courses (4-credit, 2-credit, Independent Study, etc.) are available on this page of the Augustana catalog.  

Office of Disability Services (ODS)

If you are a student, who has a documented disability, or had academic accommodations in high school, or at another institution of higher learning you may be eligible for services. Services are coordinated through the ODS (office of disability services). Augustana College in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is committed to equity, access, and inclusion for all students. 

Due to the climate of COVID, students can contact Kam Williams, Director of ODS, for a phone or virtual appointment. Office of Disability Services has a new location in the Olin Center third floor Office 312. To contact ODS please email: , or call 309-794-7145 Monday- Friday 8:30a.m-4:30p.m. For more information, please visit the ODS website 

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

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

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.