Syllabus Elements


Items in bold must be included in the syllabus template document. Items not in bold are required only for operational syllabi (i.e., those distributed to students) but not for the syllabus template. However, please feel free to include this information in the template if it is available. If you have an existing operational syllabus that includes all the elements below, you may submit that document in lieu of this template.

  1. A space for the instructor’s contact information, including name, office location, phone, e-mail, and office hours
  2. A space for the name and contact information for the course coordinator, if the syllabus is standard for several sections
  3. A space for meeting days and times, and classroom location
  4. Course number and title
  5. Format of instruction (e.g., lecture, recitation, lab) and number of contact hours per week
  6. If the course is a GE course, it must include the following:
    • the GE category or categories it fulfills (e.g., GE Foundation: Race, Ethnicity and Gender Diversity)
    • the “GE Expected Learning Outcomes” boilerplate language pertaining to the appropriate area(s)
    • a statement beneath these that explains how the course will satisfy the stated Expected Learning Outcomes
  7. A description of the course
  8. A list of required texts and other course materials, and information on where they are available
  9. Information about the length and format of all papers, homework, laboratory assignments, and examinations
  10. Grading information, indicating the percentages assigned to various requirements
  11. A grading scale
  12. Information about the scheduling of examinations and due dates for assignments
  13. A class attendance policy.
  14. A weekly topical outline of course meetings, including topics to be covered, readings, film screenings, and homework (The committee wants a sense of how much work is required of students.)
  15. The following statement on academic misconduct:
    It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct. The term “academic misconduct” includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and dishonest practices in connection with examinations. Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee (Faculty Rule 3335-5-487). For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct
  16. The following statement about disability services (recommended 16 point font):
    The University strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. In light of the current pandemic, students seeking to request COVID-related accommodations may do so through the university's request process, managed by Student Life Disability Services. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on your disability (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please let me know immediately so that we can privately discuss options.  To establish reasonable accommodations, I may request that you register with Student Life Disability Services.  After registration, make arrangements with me as soon as possible to discuss your accommodations so that they may be implemented in a timely fashion. SLDS contact information:; 614-292-3307;; 098 Baker Hall, 113 W. 12th Avenue.
  17. The university recommends including the following mental health statement:
    As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student’s ability to participate in daily activities. The Ohio State University offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) by visiting or calling 614­-292-­5766. CCS is located on the 4th Floor of the Younkin Success Center and 10th Floor of Lincoln Tower. You can reach an on call counselor when CCS is closed at 614­-292-­5766 and 24 hour emergency help is also available 24/7 by dialing 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. 
  18. If you wish to add language on sexual misconduct/relationship violence, the university recommends using the following:
    Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories (e.g., race). If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed or assaulted, you may find the appropriate resources at or by contacting the Ohio State Title IX Coordinator at
  19. If you wish to add language on diversity, the university recommends using the following:
    The Ohio State University affirms the importance and value of diversity in the student body. Our programs and curricula reflect our multicultural society and global economy and seek to provide opportunities for students to learn more about persons who are different from them. We are committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among each member of our community; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

(ASC Syllabus Template approved by the ASC CCI 5/9/08; revised ASCC 4/11/14; revised 11/13/15, Summer 2016 and Summer 2017; revised 09/23/2022)