Syllabus Policy

Policy Number: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Last Revised: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

It is the policy of South Puget Sound Community College, in accordance with the policies of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, that all state-funded courses at SPSCC must have on file by the census date for the course an electronic copy of a syllabus for that course. More specifically, all faculty at SPSCC will create an electronic syllabus for each class to be posted and stored publicly in a manner directed by the College.

All syllabi will include, at a minimum, the following information in electronic format:

     A.            Course-specific items:

1.      The course title as it is shown on the Course Outline

2.      Credit hours

3.      Catalog description as it appears on the Course Outline

4.      Course prerequisites, co-requisites, or permissions

5.      College-Wide Abilities addressed in the course

6.      Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes

     B.            Professor-specific items:

1.      The name of the Instructor(s)

2.      Class meetings times (quarter, dates, etc.) and locations (room, hybrid, online, etc.)

3.      Instructor email address

4.      Office information (phone, location, hours) or alternate contact information or note if none

5.      Required texts or materials or note if none

6.      Methods of evaluation, class-specific grading scales, and general overview and weighting of assignments

7.      Schedule of major class events or location of course calendar

8.      Policies for late or make-up assignments

      C.            Optional items:

1.      Other class-specific policies which may include attendance, tardiness, academic dishonesty, technology, communication, participation, behavioral expectations and consequences, or other course-specific policies. Note that these must be included in the syllabus to be enforceable.

2.      Other items as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

     D.            Universal, campus-wide items common to all courses:

These will be provided by the College. All syllabi should either include these items, or link to them and include the following statement:

  “Additional SPSCC policies and resources can be found under the College-Wide Syllabus Information link in Canvas.”

1.      The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities

2.      College accessibility policies

3.      Disability Support Services

4.      The library, tutoring, and other academic support services

5.      College-wide grading policies (e.g. GPA and letter grade policies, grade appeal and replacement policies)

6.      Grade appeal procedures

7.      College-wide plagiarism and academic misconduct policies

8.      College-wide withdrawal policies

9.      Financial aid policies

10.  Emergency Scholarship funds procedures

11.  Campus closure and inclement weather policies

12.  Emergency procedures

13.  Non-discrimination and harassment policies and procedures

14.  Student Leave and Absence Policies (e.g. Absence for Faith or Conscience policy, Military leave policy, etc.)


To maintain consistent syllabus information and meet SBCTC and legal requirements.

To Whom Does This Policy Apply: 

This policy applies to faculty, deans, and the division administrative assistants.