What You Need to Know
Instructors of record are responsible for developing course syllabi. The university requires consistent elements in each syllabus, including UNT specific requirements and institutional academic requirements, which mirror legislatively mandated information.
Instructors can find the list of required syllabi elements in the . The Course Syllabi Requirements Policy also includes information on optional syllabi statements, along with suggested language, and additional policies regarding the creation, distribution, and usage of course syllabi. We encourage all instructors to read the policy in its entirety to stay up to date on university and legislative syllabi requirements.
Departments and/or Colleges may also require additional syllabus content. Instructors should check with their departments for this information.
CLEAR's Syllabus Templates & Checklists
CLEAR maintains a syllabus template that is updated every semester. The template is in a Microsoft Word format and includes all the required syllabi elements, as well as suggested elements for clearly communicating course expectations to students. These template can easily be modified based on course modality and instructor preference. Instructors are encouraged to download the syllabus template (Word) and adapt it to their needs.
CLEAR also has a syllabus writing checklist that instructors can use to revise existing syllabi.
Additional Syllabi Resources
Some university educators are considering the graphic syllabus as an alternative to the traditional syllabus. Keep in mind accessibility when trying out different syllabi formats.
- If syllabus length concerns you, designing a Start Here Section for your course can include additional course and student support information that may not be required by the UNT Course Syllabi Requirements Policy. Start Here sections are crucial to online courses, but also highly beneficial to any course regardless of modality.
- Colorado State University’s Institute for Learning and Teaching has practical suggestions for incentivizing students to read the syllabus.