Syllabus Standards for Credit Courses

2017-18 Edition

The syllabus is a document that contains information students need to know to be successful in the class, including class-specific information as well as college policies that may have an impact on a student’s ability to participate in the class.  A syllabus may be used in grievance and judicial hearings; therefore, clarity and specificity are especially important.

Instructors shall make a syllabus available to students at the beginning of the term for each class that they are teaching.  Instructors are encouraged to make the syllabus available before the term begins to enable students to make informed registration decisions.  The syllabus must be shared with the appropriate administrator's office no later than the end of the first week of the class.

Required and suggested syllabus items are listed below.

Required Content

  • College name
  • Instructor name, office location, availability, phone number, and PCC email address
  • Term and year
  • Course title, course number, course credits, course description, course outcomes, and course prerequisites copied from the Course Content and Outcome Guide (CCOG) or a hyperlink to the CCOG
  • Course Registration Number (CRN), meeting time, and meeting location (if applicable)
  • Instructional materials (e.g., textbooks, supplies, equipment)
  • Major assignments and due dates (e.g., exams, final, essays, projects)
  • Instructor's grading criteria including attendance and make-up policies
  • PCC Grading Guidelines [www.pcc.edu/resources/student-records/grading/]
  • Drop/Withdraw deadlines [www.pcc.edu/enroll/registration/dropping.html]
  • Accessibility and Accommodations statement
    Sample statement: PCC is committed to ensuring that classes are accessible.  Disability Services [www.pcc.edu/disability/] works with students and faculty to minimize barriers.  If students elect to use approved academic accommodations, they must provide in advance formal notification from Disability Services to the instructor.
  • Title IX/Nondiscrimination statement must include at least the following text:
    PCC is committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based on open communication and mutual respect.  If you believe you have encountered sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at (971) 722-5840 or equity.inclusion@pcc.edu.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: A syllabus must include a link to Student Rights and Responsibilities [www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/] or a general statement like the sample below.  It also may reference the individual policies separately; see examples in Suggested Content below.
    Sample statement: The Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook [www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/] establishes students' freedoms and protections as well as expectations of appropriate behavior and ethical academic work.  The Handbook includes items such as the Policy on Student Rights, the Policy on Student Conduct, and the Academic Integrity Policy.
  • Flexibility statement
    Sample statement: The instructor reserves the right to revise the class calendar, modify content, and/or substitute assignments in response to institutional, weather, or class situations.

Suggested Content

  • PCC is a sanctuary college.  For more information and resources, see www.pcc.edu/resources/undocumented-students/.
  • Link to instructional website
  • Link to PCC website [www.pcc.edu]
  • Tentative class calendar
  • Instructional philosophy
  • Campus resources information (e.g., tutoring services, library, labs, student services, ASPCC)
  • Policy on Student Rights [http://www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/documents/student-rights.pdf]
  • Policy on Student Conduct [http://www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/documents/student-conduct.pdf]
  • Academic Integrity statement
    Sample statement: Dishonest activities such as cheating on exams and submitting or copying work done by others will result in disciplinary actions including but not limited to receiving a failing grade.  See the Academic Integrity Policy [www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/documents/academic-integrity.pdf] for further details.
  • Children on PCC Properties policy [http://www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/documents/children.pdf]
  • Statement regarding instructor's policy on mobile communication devices
    Sample statement: The use of portable communication devices during class is prohibited.  Discuss exceptions with the instructor.
    Sample statement: Mobile devices such as cell phones and pagers must be powered down while class is in session.  If you have special circumstances and need to leave your mobile device powered up, you must obtain permission from the instructor.  If there is an emergency situation and you must use a mobile device during class time, please leave the classroom before accepting and/or conducting your call.
    Sample statement: Students are encouraged to have some form of mobile communication device capable of accessing the Internet.
  • Statement regarding recording and distribution of course sessions
    Sample statement: Students who wish to make an auditory or visual recording of any portion of the class must speak with the instructor ahead of time.  Any such recording is for personal use only.  It may not be shared, copied, uploaded to the Internet, and/or distributed without written permission from the instructor as well as any student who appears or is heard in the recording.

Policy/Standard Name:  Syllabus Standards for Credit Courses
Policy/Standard Identifier:  S704
Authority:
Units responsible for review and update: 
Academic Policies and Standards Committee
Approval: College President
Responsibility: Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs
Date of Final Approval: June 2017
Effective Date: Summer 2017
Prior Versions: Yes