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The Syllabus

On this page, you can find downloadable syllabus templates in the tabs below. Please note that the 2020 – 2021 course syllabus template and the 2020 – 2021 campus syllabus template are presently designed to be accessible, but accessibility may change as you add content. To learn more about making/keeping documents accessible, please visit the Office of Information Technology’s “Accessibility of Learning Materials” page or request training or a consult by contacting the OIT Help Desk.

You may also use OIT’s Help Desk to enlist support from the OIT Instructional Design and Delivery team for designing your syllabus according to the best practices of Universal Design for Learning.

The Syllabus Checklist outlines necessary information that should be included in completed syllabi. Checklist sections include: basic information, course description, course materials, course requirements, course policies, information on accommodation and accessibility, and a course schedule.

Are you new to UT or teaching a new course? Download the course syllabus template. This editable template provides the structure necessary to include the key information your students will require.

The campus syllabus provides students with important information that is common to all courses at UT Knoxville, such as academic integrity and addressing disability needs. The campus syllabus can be added as a separate page within your course syllabus or imported as a page into your Canvas course site from the Canvas Commons—search for UT Knoxville Campus Syllabus 2020 – 2021. 

Additionally, the Office of Emergency Management has created a faculty emergency guide to augment the campus syllabus, giving faculty easy access to information on protective actions for different types of emergencies.

The Online Course Syllabus template includes components that support best practices in online course design and delivery. The template is meant to serve as an example and contains navigation links and specific language that can be used when developing a syllabus for your online or hybrid course.

We know that students who begin to feel ill or discover they have been a close contact of someone with COVID can feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. As a result, they often turn to their instructors for information on university policy, which can place additional burdens on you. To support our students while reducing these additional burdens, we recommend that you include the following policy information in your syllabus.

Additionally, we recommend that you provide information on how students should notify you that they are following university protocols as well as outline for students a clear policy on make-up and late work due to self-isolation. We’ve provided suggested language for those policies that you can copy and paste into your syllabus or alter to fit the needs of your course.

Review Recommended Syllabus Language

Creating a Memorable Teaching Philosophy Statement: This document will provide you with a process for developing and writing a memorable teaching philosophy statement. This statement serves as a concrete illustration of the thinking, intention, and teacher identity of the instructor. It represents what students and colleagues can expect to encounter when the actual individual shows up to campus and the classroom.