Instructors of record are responsible for developing course syllabi. The university requires consistent elements in each syllabus, including UNT specific requirements and institutional academic requirements, which mirror legislatively mandated information.
DSI CLEAR maintains the UNT Syllabus Template that is updated every semester. The template is in a Microsoft Word format and includes all the required syllabi elements as well as suggested elements for clearly communicating course expectations to students. This template can be easily modified based on course modality and instructor preference. Instructors are encouraged to download the UNT Syllabus Template (MS Word) and adapt it to their needs.
Instructors can find the list of required syllabi elements in the UNT Course Syllabi Requirements Policy. For the most up-to-date version of the ADA Accommodation Statement, please visit the ODA website. The Course Syllabi Requirements Policy also includes information on optional syllabi statements, along with suggested language, and additional policies regarding the creation, distribution, and usage of course syllabi. We encourage all instructors to read the policy in its entirety to stay up to date on university and legislative syllabi requirements.
Departments and/or Colleges may also require additional syllabus content. Instructors should check with their departments for this information.
DSI CLEAR also has a syllabus writing checklist that instructors can use to revise existing syllabi.
Some university educators are considering the graphic syllabus as an alternative to the traditional syllabus. Keep in mind accessibility when trying out different syllabi formats.
If syllabus length concerns you, designing a Start Here Section for your course can include additional course and student support information that may not be required by the UNT Course Syllabi Requirements Policy. Start Here sections are crucial to online courses, but also highly beneficial to any course regardless of modality