Academic Standards for Syllabi

The material on this website highlights the expected elements that should be visible on all UWRF undergraduate and graduate syllabi. The faculty and instructional academic staff are prompted to include the elements identified here and, if there are question, refer to Chapter 8 of the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook and the relevant Faculty Senate motions and University of Wisconsin System Administration policies that both contextualize and specify the elements appropriate to any UWRF course syllabus.

Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook

8.2.2 Syllabi

A syllabus for each course must be filed in the office of the Dean of the College in a form prescribed by the College and University Curriculum Committees.  

It is recommended that all faculty and instructional staff complete a syllabus for each class, where appropriate, to be handed out to students; the syllabus may include the following items:

COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER, CLASS MEETS CLASSROOM, INSTRUCTOR OFFICE HOURS, OFFICE TELEPHONE, REQUIRED TEXTBOOK AND OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS, COURSE OBJECTIVES, DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING POLICY: 

Grading: (include how the grade will be determined and what will comprise final points); Exams: (format of exams and approximate dates); Assignments: (include what assignments will be, such as papers, cases, and other projects and points assigned to each); Other course requirements/expectations: ATTENDANCE POLICY, FINAL EXAM DATE, LATE WORK POLICY, COURSE OUTLINE: DATE, TOPIC, ASSIGNMENT (list outline by week, day or sequence)


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  1. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls strives to maintain our campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students that is free of all forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment.  If you have concerns about such behavior, contact your instructor, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 715-425-4555, or the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at 715-425-3833.  For a list of prohibited behaviors and protected classes or to report online.
  2. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls welcomes students with disabilities into its educational programs, activities, residential halls, and everything else it offers.  Those who will need academic adjustments or accommodations for a disability should contact Ability Services Office.  Decisions to allow adjustments and accommodations are made by the Ability Services Office on the basis of clinical documentation the students provide to sufficiently indicate the nature of their situation.