Constructing a Syllabus

CETLOE Recommendations

CETLOE recommends the following information be included in your syllabus.  The examples listed below can help to create a syllabus that is learner-centered, provide students with clear expectations, and offer students access to support resources.

  • Title IX Considerations
    When developing your attendance and other course policies, consideration should be given to Title IX. For example, the university has developed a guidance document for faculty and program leaders on how to respond to requests by pregnant and parenting student for class or program adjustments under Title IX. The document is intended to help navigate the obligations Title IX imposes regarding pregnant and parenting students.
  • Major or Program Requirements
    You may wish to include a major or program requirements in your syllabus. For example, if you students should save work from your course to include in their senior portfolio that should be noted.
  • Schedule of Class Meetings (location, day, date, and time)
    Often setting the schedule up by weeks or numbering the class meetings helps organize the semester. Class meetings can be organized as a list or table. Include the Last Day to Withdraw and Receive a W even if this is not a day/date your class meets.
    Check the Academic Calendar for dates.
  • Exam/Assessment Requirements
    Including the day, date, time, and location of exams and any proctoring requirements can help students plan their schedules especially if the exams do not occur on a day/date your class typically meets. This information can be included in your schedule.
    Check the Office of the Registrar site for final exam information.
  • Student Basic Needs Statement
    At any given time, over 85 GSU students are experiencing homelessness. GSU offers assistance through the Embark program, but most students and faculty are unaware of what the university offers. Please consider adding this statement to your syllabi or in your iCollege resources page:
    Any student who faces challenges securing their food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Dean of Students for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable us to provide resources that we may possess. The Embark program at GSU provides resources for students facing homelessness.

    Additional Information on the Embark Program – Panther’s Pantry:
    Panther’s Pantry aims to alleviate the stress associated with short-term food insecurity by providing food and basic necessities to the Georgia State Community.

    Currently enrolled students can visit Panther’s Pantry once per week to receive 1 food bag + 1 hygiene bag per visit. We have Panther’s Pantries at Atlanta, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Clarkston campuses. Students can access any of the locations for their weekly visit. You’ll only need your PantherID card and to complete a short form upon arrival.
    Follow pantherspantry on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for location, hours, resources, cooking demos, recipes and more.

    Panther’s Pantry also offers additional support to students in need of assistance with academics, housing, employment, mental health, and more.
    For additional information, visit our website https://pantry.gsu.edu or contact us via email pantherspantry@gsu.edu.

  • Learner Support
    The university as well as colleges and departments offer learner support resources that you may want to share with your students. The list below is a sample of available resources. You may wish to check with your college or department for resources that are specific to your course.