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University Syllabus Policy

University Syllabus Policy

Authority: 
Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date enacted or revised: 
Revised Sep 25, 2014; Revised September 18, 2015; August 2016; May 2017

Instructors must distribute a course syllabus for each class taught. Each syllabus must be posted electronically on Moodle by the first class day. Instructors should inform the students of their responsibility to access and use the syllabus. The syllabus should be given to the department head/dean by the tenth day of class and should be reviewed and updated each semester. The department head/dean should verify that syllabi requirements are met and maintain a file of all course syllabi for a five-year period.
 
The syllabus should provide the following information:
 
  1. General course information
    1. Course Number and Title
    2. Instructor Name
    3. Office Location and Hours (on-campus office hours, not remote or virtual)
    4. McNeese Email Address
    5. Course description as stated in the current Catalog
    6. Prerequisite Requirements (courses, experience, skills, permission, student classification, etc. as stated in the current Catalog)
    7. Textbooks and other required materials
    8. Appropriate course designation statements:
      • General Education: “This course has been designated as a General Education course and, as such, addresses students’ achievement of this general education competency: [state the competency addressed in the course].”
      • Writing Enriched: “This course has been designated as a Writing Enriched course. Students are encouraged to visit the Write to Excellence Center (WTEC). The WTEC provides writing support for students enrolled in any course at the University. Students may seek assistance from trained tutors at any point in the writing process. Students are asked to bring assignment instructions along with their work in progress. Appointments can be made at mcneese.mywconline.com.”
  2. Course goals and student learning outcomes (SLOs)
    1. Course goals are broad statements about what the student will learn from the course.
      • Goal Example: The student will be able to explain the nursing process.
    2. SLOs are specific statements that describe the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes students will develop from the course.
      • Objective or Student Learning Outcome Examples:
            The student will:
            - explain assessment.
            - identify a nursing diagnosis based on the assessment.
            - identify a patient-oriented goal.
  1. Syllabi for courses taught at the 400 level, which are also offered for graduate credit at the 500 level, will identify goals, SLOs, and other course requirements for both undergraduate and graduate students. SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.6.1 requires that courses that allow both undergraduate and graduate enrollment ensure that there is a clear distinction between the requirements of undergraduate students and graduate students; requirements for graduate level credit should include content/assignments more advanced than that expected of undergraduate students.
  1. Methods of evaluation or grading requirements
    1. Must include frequency and types of examinations and assessments that impact the course grade
    2. Must include the weight given to each assessment in calculating the course grade  
    3. Must include a grading scale that defines values for earning letter grades
    4. Must adhere to the Exams or Student Learning Assessment Policy
    5. Instructors must administer a final exam or assessment
    6. Instructors must stipulate in course syllabi whether monitoring services for exams, such as ProctorU, will be required, what costs (if any) students will incur, and how to arrange for monitoring appointments.
  2. Attendance policy
    1. Instructors must include expectations regarding class attendance or online participation.
    2. Instructors using the Withdrawal from Courses for Non-Attendance Policy must clearly state so in the course syllabus and must either supply students with a copy of the policy or provide the web link through which students can access the policy online (http://www.mcneese.edu/policy/withdrawal_from_courses_for_non-attendance).
  3. Additional University Policies to include on syllabi
    1. Academic Integrity Policy: http://www.mcneese.edu/policy/academic-integrity-policy
    2. Accessible Participation Policy: It is the student's responsibility to register with the Office of Disability Services when requesting an academic adjustment in accordance with ADA. Any student with a disability is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services, Drew Hall, Room 200, (337) 475-5916 Voice, (337) 475-5878 FAX, (337) 562-4227 TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired.
All students, including students with disabilities, are responsible for locating the designated emergency exits and the areas of refuge in a classroom building and are encouraged to develop and discuss an evacuation plan with the class instructor.
  1. Diversity Awareness Policy: http://www.mcneese.edu/policy/diversity_awareness
  2. Fire Drill Policy – In compliance with the law, McNeese State University will periodically conduct fire drills. http://www.mcneese.edu/policy/fire-drill-policy
Applicable University Policies:
  1. Curriculum and Course Development Policy
  2. Exams or Student Learning Assessment Policy
  3. Grading System
  4. Online Course Policy
  5. Study Day
  6. Withdrawal from Courses and Resignation from University Policy
  7. Withdrawal from Courses for Non-Attendance

Communication

This policy is distributed through the Academic Advisory Council and posted on the University Policy Page.