Syllabus Guidelines


  • Course Number, Course Title, Number of Credit hours, Academic Year and Semester
  • Instructor's Full Name, Office Location, Office Phone Number and Email Address
  • Optional: Add any other phone numbers you wish to make available and/or class or instructor website if applicable.
  • Office Hours (Note: These are required to be posted on your door as well.)
  • Required (and Suggested) Materials and Textbook Title(s), with Author and Editor (Note specific edition if required.)
  • Course Description: Please use the official course description located online. Course descriptions can be found by going to the Faculty Menu on Web Advisor on the Portal and clicking on Search for Sections. Type in the title of your course and then click on the title on the sections page to view your course description. You may also include any additional information you feel is relevant.
  • Student Centered Learning Outcomes: These should be student-centered outcomes that identify what students who successfully complete this course should be able to do. Use action words such as: define,apply,compare, etc. If you received outcomes from your Area Coordinator or Program Director that have been created for your course through Master Syllabus or General Education documents, your syllabus is required to contain those outcomes.
  • Course Calendar & Outline: This should include: topics for lecture and discussion, assignments, readings, paper and project due dates and also exam and quiz dates. This can be quite detailed or more concise depending on your style.
  • Method of Evaluation: Be absolutely sure that you indicate the percentage or number of points that each required element carries in relation to the overall course grade.
    • If participation is one of your required elements, indicate the percentage or number of points that participation carries in your class AND how you assess and grade participation.
  • Attendance: Student attendance is required.  Faculty are required to take attendance.  Be specific about the consequences of missing class.
  • Mandatory verbatim text: Academic Honesty Policy, Accessibility & Accommodations and Business Continuity (text is below)


Academic Honesty Policy


In addition to skills and knowledge, Champlain College aims to teach students appropriate Ethical and Professional Standards of Conduct. The Academic Honesty Policy exists to inform students and Faculty of their obligations in upholding the highest standards of professional and ethical integrity. All student work is subject to the Academic Honesty Policy. Professional and Academic practice provides guidance about how to properly cite, reference, and attribute the intellectual property of others. Any attempt to deceive a faculty member or to help another student to do so will be considered a violation of this standard.

Instructor's Intended Purpose

The student's work must match the instructor's intended purpose for an assignment. While the instructor will establish the intent of an assignment, each student must clarify outstanding questions of that intent for a given assignment.

Unauthorized Assistance

The student may not give or get any unauthorized assistance in the preparation of any work.

Authorship The student must clearly establish authorship of a work. Referenced work must be clearly documented, cited, and attributed, regardless of media or distribution. Even in the case of work licensed as public domain or Copyleft, (See: the student must provide attribution of that work in order to uphold the standards of intent and authorship.


Placing one's name on the exam, assignment, or any course document is a statement of academic honor that the student has not received or given inappropriate assistance in completing it and that the student has complied with the Academic Honesty Policy in that work.


An instructor may impose a sanction on the student that varies depending upon the instructor's evaluation of the nature and gravity of the offense. Possible sanctions include but are not limited to, the following: (1) Require the student to redo the assignment; (2) Require the student to complete another assignment; (3) Assign a grade of zero to the assignment; (4) Assign a final grade of "F" for the course. A student may appeal these decisions according to the Academic Grievance Procedure. (See the relevant section in the Student Handbook.) Multiple violations of this policy will result in a referral to the Conduct Review Board for possible additional sanctions.

The full text of the Academic Honesty Policy is in the College Catalog.

Optional: Add any clarifications within the parameters of the official policy relevant to your course.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you believe that you require accommodations in this class, please contact Counseling and Accommodation Services as soon as possible. You will be able to schedule a meeting with Maggie Riley and have your documentation reviewed. During that meeting, Maggie will provide you with letters for your faculty, which will detail your needed accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to seek and secure accommodations prior to the start of a test or project.

Contact: Maggie Riley

  • Counseling and Accommodation Services
  • Office: Skiff Hall 100
  • Phone: 802-651-5847
  • Email:

Syllabus Language for Business Continuity

(on campus classes only)

Class during an Extended Campus Closure

Champlain College is taking precautionary measures to ensure that this class can continue in a "virtual environment" even during an extended emergency such as severe weather, contagious disease, physical infrastructure failure, campus closure, or similar incident. This course will continue either online through a college-provided learning management system (Canvas), or through some other process unless cancelled.

In the event of such an emergency, students are expected to continue instructor-designated class activities, as directed by the instructor.  Due to the nature of the "virtual environment" learning activities may differ slightly from the on-campus course. In order for this emergency preparedness plan to be effective, you are asked to do the following:  


  • Ensure that you will have a computer and broadband Internet access at the location (home or other) in which you will reside during an extended campus closure.
  • Prepare yourself with the basic skills of logging into Canvas via the dashboard, finding your course(s) and entering them.
  • Participate in a "warm up" online activity in the "virtual environment" when directed to do so by your instructor.

During an Emergency

  • Test your broadband Internet access immediately upon arriving at your chosen residence during the campus closure.
  • Log into Canvas and enter your courses.
  • Check for emergency information on Champlain College main website ( which will indicate the semester week and day on which college classes will resume online.
  • Enter your class and go to the appropriate week of class where you will receive directions from your instructor.


  • Class Location and Meeting Days and Times
  • Competencies: Indicate how the course addresses the Program's and College's Core Competencies. This information may have been provided for you through a Master Course Syllabus.
  • General Teacher Objectives: Indicate course scope and coverage and state general course goals (e.g., "Students will gain an understanding of...").
  • Course Prerequisites
  • Brief Rationale: Describe the relevance and importance of the course.
  • Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Testing Information: Describe the format of exams (e.g., multiple choice, essay, or short answer) and/or the type of knowledge and abilities tested during exams, assignments, labs, etc