Syllabus Statements

Syllabi set the tone for the class as well as put boundaries in place. Here are some examples of content helpful for all students: 

Syllabus Ideas:

Include a calendar that lists all assignments in one place for easy access (Canvas creates this automatically when new assignments are created).

Office hours information – how and when will you hold office hours and how students can get in touch with you (Zoom will allow for recurring meetings for office hours, email, by appointment).

Clearly explain and link all learning objectives, course requirements/assignments, and appropriate due dates (even if tentative). Provide detailed guidance on how to complete major course projects, activities, or papers and offers links to examples and illustrations as appropriate.

Provide instructions and passwords for any online components of the course.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

If you need disability-related accommodations for this class, such as access to notes, test taking services, special furniture, etc., please provide the Authorization for Academic Accommodations (AAA letter) from the Disability Resources Department (DRD) to the instructor as soon as possible. You may speak with the instructor privately during office hours about your accommodations. Please contact DRD if you have not received authorization for accommodations. DRD is located in the Bertolini Student Center on the Santa Rosa campus, and Jacobs Hall on the Petaluma Campus.


In the event of an emergency during class that requires evacuation of the building, please leave the class immediately, but calmly. Our class will meet at ____________________ to make sure everyone got out of the building safely and to receive further instructions. (If the class is on a second or higher floor, provide clear directions to the stairs). If you are a student with a disability who may need assistance in an evacuation, please see me during my office hours as soon as possible so we can discuss an evacuation plan.


We will conduct ourselves in a manner which reflects our awareness of common standards of decency and the rights of others. All students are expected to know the Student Conduct Policy and adhere to it in this class. Students who violate the code may be suspended from 2 classes and may be referred to the Conduct Dean for discipline.


The best way to learn is through active participation; therefore, we respect others when talking, by being on-time, listening actively, and being polite even when we disagree with another’s viewpoint. Please turn off all electronic devices. If you use a laptop for note taking, please sit in the front row with the sound off. No food in class please.


All written work is to be original; plagiarism of any kind will result in a failing grade on that assignment. Students who plagiarize or cheat may be suspended – for one or two class meetings by the instructor – and referred to the Conduct Dean for discipline sanction, in cases of egregious violation. Please see Policy 3.11 for Academic Integrity .