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Syllabus Resources for Faculty

error Each individual topic, as listed under Optional Syllabus Resources below, ties to a webpage managed by the different home departments/units.  The language below, such as the DRC syllabus statement, updates automatically whenever the webpages are updated by the department/program's designated web author.  Please feel free to copy/paste any of the information below into your syllabus.  To guarantee  accuracy of information on your syllabus, refer back to this resource page each semester.     

Board Policy Requirements

The board policy requirements come from the Board of Trustees Policy Manual:

2-3-501 “For the mutual benefit and protection of students and faculty, every faculty member is obligated to share in writing with students before the add deadline:”

  • Course objectives/outcomes
  • General strategy, topics, subject matter, materials and tasks to be employed to meet those objectives/outcomes
  • Evaluation criteria and weight to be applied to each assignment/activity in determining the final grade
  • List of tentative deadlines for accomplishment of assignments

Optional Syllabus Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity Webpage: http://www.unco.edu/dean-of-students/offices-resources/student-rights-responsibilities/academic-integrity.aspx

Academic integrity, as with so much in life, involves a system of interconnected rights and responsibilities that reflect our mutual dependence upon one another. The success of individual efforts in school, as with so much in life, depends on each of us conscientiously exercising our rights and living up to our responsibilities. And the failure of any of us—even just one of us—to do what is required will diminish, however slightly, the opportunity for the rest to achieve their goals. That is why it’s essential for each of us in this university to practice academic integrity. For practice today will lay a solid foundation for practice tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, so that through daily practice integrity will come to be woven throughout the fabric of our lives, and thus through at least a part of the fabric of society.

Adapted from "Academic Integrity: A Letter to My Students" by Bill Taylor of Oakton Community College

Academic Probation/Suspension

Academic Probation/Suspension webpage: http://www.unco.edu/soar/academic-probation-suspension/

Canvas Learning Management System

Counseling Center

All counseling services are free to UNC students.

Degree Works

As students, you have an excellent resource available through Ursa to help you explore how moving into a major or changing a major will affect you. The Degree Works feature on Ursa shows you where your credits fit into your current major.

There is a "What If" feature that will allow you to select another major you may be interested in and see where your credits would fit into that degree if you decided to change your major.

Disability Resource Center

DRC Syllabus Statement

Universities are required to provide notice of services available to people with disabilities.  Faculty and staff are welcome to use this statement in the class syllabus. Below is the Syllabi Statement revised Summer 2019.  

Disability Resources:  It is the policy and practice of the University of Northern Colorado to create inclusive learning environments.  If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that present barriers to your inclusion or to an accurate assessment of your achievement (e.g. time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, use of videos without captions), please communicate this with your professor and contact Disability Resource Center (DRC) to request accommodations.  Office: (970) 351-2289, Michener Library L-80. Students can learn more about the accommodation process here. 

Final Exam Schedule and Policies

Final Exam Schedule and Policy: http://www.unco.edu/registrar/registration/final-exam.aspx


SOAR Website: http://www.unco.edu/soar/ 

The mission of SOAR is to provide proactive academic coaching to students in the Bears First program as well as provide individualized academic advising to Exploring students and students considering a major change. SOAR will provide students with academic and personal support in an inclusive environment by teaching them the skills necessary to make self-motivated academic decisions.

Student Code of Conduct

UNC policies and recommendations for academic conduct will be followed.  For additional information, please see the Dean of Student’s website: http://www.unco.edu/dean-of-students/pdf/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

Student Success

Student Success Website: http://www.unco.edu/student-success/

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Office of Equity and Compliance: https://www.unco.edu/sexual-misconduct 

The University of Northern Colorado is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students that is free of all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  If you (or someone you know) has experienced or experiences any of these incidents, know that you are not alone.  UNC has staff members trained to support you in navigating campus life, accessing health and counseling services, providing academic and housing accommodations, helping with legal protective orders, and more.

Please be aware all UNC faculty and  most staff members are “responsible employees,” which means that if you tell a faculty member about a situation involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, they mustshare that information with the Title IX Coordinator, Larry Loften.   Larry or a trained staff member in the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) will contact you to let you know about accommodations and support services at UNC as well as your options for pursuing a process to hold accountable the person who harmed you. You are not required to speak with OIEC staff regarding the incident; your participation in OIEC processes are entirely voluntary.

If you do not want the Title IX Coordinator notified, instead of disclosing this information to your instructor, you can speak confidentially with the following people on campus and in the community. They can connect you with support services and help explore your options now, or in the future.

If you are a survivor or someone concerned about a survivor, or if you would like to learn more about sexual misconduct or report an incident, please visit www.unco.edu/sexual-misconduct or contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at 970-351-4899.  OIEC is located on the third floor of the University Center in room 3060. 

Tutorial Services

Tutorial Services Home Page: http://www.unco.edu/tutoring/

Tutorial Services (TS) provides free peer-led tutoring services and academic skills sessions to UNC students enrolled in undergraduate-level courses.

Course Offerings for Tutorial Services

Sample Statements

Please consider including a statement about our services on your syllabus to encourage your students to take advantage of the academic support available in Tutorial Services. Below are sample statements for your use:

For Courses Supported by Individual Tutoring

UNC's Tutorial Services (TS) provides free academic support to UNC students enrolled in undergraduate courses. At TS, a trained peer tutor will work with you individually or in a small group to help you understand course content and be successful in this class. For more information or to make an appointment, stop by TS in the lower level of Michener Library (L-149), or visit the TS website at http://www.unco.edu/tutoring

For all Courses Supported by SI

For all courses supported by SI:

This course is supported by Supplemental Instruction (SI), through which a trained SI leader will offer three 1-to-2 hour study sessions each week to review course content, work through problems or activities related to this class, and help you prepare for exams. I strongly encourage you to participate in SI. For more information about the SI model, visit the TS website at http://www.unco.edu/tutoring


Marijuana edibles (or any marijuana product) are not allowed on campus per Federal law. If you are found with marijuana on the UNC campus, you could be charged with a felony and lose your financial aid. You should know there are health risks associated with the use of marijuana edibles.

Learn more about marijuanahttps://www.unco.edu/student-health-center/health-topics/marijuana-edibles.aspx