Undergraduate Bulletin Syllabus Requirements

The instructor of every section of an undergraduate class at the University at Albany shall provide each student in the section a printed or web-published copy of the syllabus for that section distributed during the first week of the class (preferably on the first regularly scheduled day the section meets). This syllabus must contain at least the information defined below. Each instructor retains the right to modify the syllabus and give notice in class of any modifications in a timely fashion. Students are responsible to apprise themselves of such notices.

Minimum Contents of a Class Syllabus:

  • Catalog number and title of the course
  • Number of credit hours 
  • Term and class number of the section
  • Location(s) and meeting times of the section
  • Instructor’s name and title
  • If applicable, name(s) of teaching assistants in the class
  • Instructor’s contact information (e.g., e-mail address, office phone number, office location, fax)
  • Instructor’s office hours
  • Course description, overview and objective(s)
  • If applicable, General Education category/categories met by the course and how the course fulfills those General Education objectives
  • Prerequisites of the course. The instructor should specifically indicate those prerequisites that are critical to success in the class and that are enforceable
  • Grading scheme and assignment requirements: whether the course is A-E or S/U graded and overall method by which grades will be determined (“weights” of exams, class participation, etc.)
  • Instructors who do not intend to use the full A-E grading scale, including plusses and minuses, must include the scale that will be employed on the syllabus
  • Learning outcomes and/or course objectives upon completion of the course
  • Course information or topic outline (weekly topics of general topics to be covered)
  • Course requirements, including but not limited to: required textbooks; other required materials, purchases; fees when applicable; projected date and time of class exams, papers, projects, midterm, and final; attendance policies for the class; general paper, project, and test requirements; requirement of Internet for course work, when applicable
  • Safety policies, when applicable
  • Absence policies, including where possible a link to the University's Medical Excuse Policy:
  • Absence due to religious observance: Instructors must explicitly refer to New York State Education Law (Section 224-A) whereby campuses are required to excuse, without penalty, individual students absent because of religious beliefs, and to provide equivalent opportunities for make-up examinations, study, or work requirements missed because of such absences. Faculty should work directly with students to accommodate religious observances. Students should notify the instructor of record in a timely manner
  • Information about academic integrity,* including where possible a link to the University's Standards of Academic Integrity:

The course syllabus may also include such additional information as the instructor deems appropriate or necessary.

*Academic integrity: “Every student has the responsibility to become familiar with the standards of academic integrity at the University. Faculty members must specify in their syllabi information about academic integrity, and may refer students to this policy for more information. Nonetheless, student claims of ignorance, unintentional error, or personal or academic pressures cannot be excuses for violation of academic integrity. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the standards and behaving accordingly, and UAlbany faculty are responsible for teaching, modeling and upholding them. Anything less undermines the worth and value of our intellectual work, and the reputation and credibility of the University at Albany degree.” (University’s Standards of Academic Integrity Policy, Fall 2013)