Faculty Senate

Syllabus Language Information

Mandatory Syllabus Language

All UWW syllabi should include the following information (which is limited to only what pertinent to the classroom experience):
  1. Instructor Information
    1. Instructor's name
    2. Instructor's office location
    3. Instructor’s contact information (e.g., e-mail)
    4. Instructor’s office hours
  2. Course Information
    1. Course prefix/number
    2. Course title
    3. Course requisites
    4. Course modality (e.g., online vs. remote)
    5. Course meeting information (e.g., meeting days/times, asynchronous, etc.)
  3. Required texts with how to obtain them (purchase, rent, from reserve, provided via Canvas, etc.)
  4. Course Essential Learning Outcomes
  5. Program/Department Essential Learning Outcomes, if available (e.g. General Education, major(s)/minor(s), etc.)
  6. Attendance Policy (with defined excuses)- see Excused Absence Policy & Guidance
  7. Grading Policy (include assigned numerical values to each letter grade)
  8. Course Outline by Week, including dates (subject to change) for major projects, assignments, exams, etc.
  9. Additionally, all syllabi used in 500- and 600-level courses must specify the following unique expectations of graduate students: a. Content: e.g., content areas of the course graduate students will explore with greater depth, and/or additional content areas graduate students will examine. b. Intensity: e.g., the unique course requirements for graduate students - in terms of additional readings or assignments, different requirements in assignments, different role expectations, and/or different evaluation methods and/or standards - that reflect greater intellectual intensity and rigor. c. Self-direction: e.g., outside-of-class activities required of graduate students, including research, that reflect a greater degree of self-directed learning.
  10. Inclusive Learning Environment Statement: The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is dedicated to a safe, supportive, and non-discriminatory learning environment. It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with UWW policies regarding: Special Accommodations, Academic Misconduct, Religious Beliefs Accommodation, Absence for University Sponsored Events, the "Rights and Responsibilities" section of the Undergraduate Catalog or the “Academic Requirements and Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog, the "Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures” (UWS Chapter 14), and the "Student Non-academic Disciplinary Procedures" (UWS Chapter 17).
  11. Mandatory Reporting Statement: Federal law requires all university employees to report information obtained during the course of their duties regarding sexual misconduct, including domestic and dating violence, unless otherwise exempt by state law. For more information, including on how to report an incident, see http://www.uww.edu/sexual-misconduct-information​.


Mandatory Syllabus Language has been approved by the Faculty Senate on 11/10/98, 9/14/04, 12/10/19, and 11/10/2020.

Recommended Syllabus Language

A document to include information related to student life and resources is forthcoming. This document will contain information pertinent to life as a UW-Whitewater student, but not necessary for any specific course. This information will be collected and posted so that instructors can easily insert/link this information into their syllabi. Some topics may be:
  • CSD resources
  • Equity and inclusion on campus, including link to hate bias reporting
  • Sexual assault/harassment policies
  • Academic policies / anti-plagiarism policies
  • Academic support options including tutoring services
  • Dean of students, emergency student support
  • Library resources and laptop checkout
  • Food pantry
  • Health and counseling services
  • Clothes closet
  • Definition of modalities (e.g., a grid with university definitions)
  • Standard for Work Required Calculation (at least 3 hours of combined in-class and out-of-class work per week for each academic unit)

In accordance with the UW-Whitewater Faculty Senate (Resolution 945-12) and Academic Staff Assembly (ASAR 1516.8), instructors of every course are required to submit an updated syllabus every semester. Syllabi need to be uploaded as PDF files using the Online Syllabus Database or submitted directly to Andersen Library in paper form. More information is available here.