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The Syllabus

The course syllabus is one of the most important documents you will share with your students. The syllabus should clearly outline your expectations of students as well as make clear to students what they can expect from you and your course. The resources on this page will help you craft a strong syllabus that provides all students an understanding of how to succeed in your course.

If you are looking for additional guidance related to COVID-19 and face-to-face classroom instruction, please visit the COVID-19 Classroom Guidance for Faculty webpage provided by the Office of the Provost. You can also review the university’s COVID-19 online resources by visiting,

Syllabus Checklist

Before you begin your syllabus, review the syllabus checklist and use it as a guide to prepare your document. When you have completed a draft of your syllabus, review the checklist to ensure that you have included the elements listed.

Syllabus Template

The syllabus template provides the structure necessary to include the key information your students will require. The syllabus template already includes the campus syllabus that is linked below.

Online Syllabus Template

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. This syllabus template already includes the campus syllabus linked below.

Campus Syllabus

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 within your course syllabus or imported into your Canvas course site from the Canvas Commons—search for UT Knoxville Campus Syllabus.

Recommended Syllabus Language Related to COVID-19

You can include the language below in your syllabus to reinforce COVID-19 guidelines with students and give them information on what to do if they need to miss class due to self-isolation or quarantine.

COVID-19 Guidelines


CDC guidance recognizes the changing dynamics of living in a world with COVID-19. It rates COVID-19 community levels as low, medium, and high, with recommendations at each level about the use of masks and other precautions.

Wearing a mask is always an option for any individual who chooses to do so, and the CDC recommends that those with high risk of severe illness talk with their health care providers.

For the most current information on masks, please check the COVID-19 website at


The university recommends that all members of the campus community be vaccinated for their own protection, to prevent disruption to the semester, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Vaccination information and appointment signups are available at The Student Health Center medical staff is available to students to answer questions or discuss concerns about vaccines, and the center provides vaccines free of charge for anyone 18 years or older who would like one.

Sickness or Exposure

If students think they are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, they should contact the Student Health Center or their preferred health care provider. Students can also contact the university’s COVID-19 support team for guidance by filling out the COVID-19 self-isolation form at

You are advised not to attend class in-person if you are sick or need to isolate or quarantine. The university has more detailed guidance on quarantine and isolation. The university recommends that students and employees stay home anytime they do not feel well.

If you need to miss class for illness, [INSERT INFO FOR CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR].

Mask Guidance Graphics

The Office of Communications and Marketing has created graphics that could be included in presentations and syllabi as a reminder of the current mask guidance. Please feel free to download the graphics and use them.

Emergency Classroom Information

The Office of Emergency Management has created an emergency classroom information sheet to augment the campus syllabus, giving faculty quick access to information on protective actions for different types of emergencies that can be shared with students at the beginning of the semester.

Universal Design for Learning

For support with designing your syllabus according to the best practices of Universal Design for Learning, contact OIT’s Help Desk to enlist support from the OIT Instructional Design and Delivery team.

Resources from the Division of Student Success

This webpage provides resources for instructors from the Division of Student Success. Included on this page is information about academic support services as well as opportunities for faculty to get involved in student success efforts like teaching First-Year Studies courses.