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Syllabus Development


The initiative was undertaken by the Faculty Senate to support syllabus development.


At the request of the Provost and in conjunction with the Student Senate leadership, the Curricular Affairs Committee has compiled sample syllabus guidelines for faculty who want to improve or revise and update syllabi for courses.


The University of Rhode Island Syllabus Guidelines Checklist is available in PDF form. In addition, a “fill in the blanks” syllabus in Word is available.


Sample Syllabi from URI Faculty


There are also sample syllabi from the University of Central Florida


In addition, Dr. Bette Erickson, Director of the URI Instructional Development Program, has graciously provided a handout titled "Preparing a Syllabus and Meeting the First Class" which is based on a chapter from Erickson, B.L., Peters, C.B., and Strommer, D.W., Teaching First Year Students, San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2006.


Faculty members may wish to include some or all of the statements suggested by URI:


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: "Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 require the University of Rhode Island to provide academic adjustments or the accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The student with a disability shall be responsible for self-identification to the Disability Services for Students in the Office of Student Life, providing appropriate documentation of disability, requesting accommodation in a timely manner, and follow-through regarding accommodations requested."  It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for any special needs and the instructor’s responsibility to accommodate them with the assistance of the Office of Disability Services for Students.


ACADEMIC HONESTY: All submitted work must be your own. If you consult other sources (class readings, articles or books from the library, articles available through internet databases, or websites) these MUST be properly documented, or you will be charged with plagiarism and will receive an F for the paper.  In some cases, this may result in a failure of the course as well.  In addition, the charge of academic dishonesty will go on your record in the Office of Student Life. If you have any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, visit the following website:, the URI Student Handbook, and UNIVERSITY MANUAL sections on Plagiarism and Cheating at - cheating.

Any good writer’s handbook as well as reputable online resources will offer help on matters of plagiarism and instruct you on how to acknowledge source material. If you need more help understanding when to cite something or how to indicate your references, PLEASE ASK.


ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER: The work in this course is complex and intensive.  To do the best you can, it’s a good idea to visit the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) in Roosevelt Hall. The AEC offers a comfortable environment in which to study alone or together, with or without a tutor. AEC tutors can answer questions, clarify concepts, check understanding, and help you to study. You can make an appointment or walk during office hours -- Monday through Thursday from 9 am. to 9 pm, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, and Sunday from 4 pm. to 8 pm.  For a complete schedule For a complete schedule - including when tutors are available specifically for this class - go to, call (401) 874-2367, or stop by the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall. 


The WRITING CENTER is for “all writers, all disciplines, at all levels, and all stages of writing.”  If an instructor suggests that you go to the Writing Center, it is not a punishment, and does mean that you are a terrible writer.  It means the instructor wants you to receive more individualized attention to your writing than s/he is able to provide, given the constraints of the class. It will only improve your grade. If possible, call ahead for an appointment (874-4690). Drop-in tutorials are often available. You may make repeat appointments, requesting the same tutor each time if you wish. See their Web Page: for tips on how to make the best of your Writing Center visit.


STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR: Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to the published "Community Standards of Behavior: University Policies and Regulations” which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook.

If you must come in late, please do not disrupt the class. Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, or any electronic devices.


RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of special importance must provide written notification to each instructor.



Course Planning Workshops

AUG 26 - 30, 2013