Syllabus Template & Policy for Law Courses

The purpose of a course syllabus is to provide the student and the public information regarding the course including course goals and learning objectives, instructor information, required materials and texts, assignments and grading policy and other policies (e.g., attendance, academic integrity, assistance for individuals with disabilities.

The course syllabus is an archival document. The syllabus will be kept on file for an undetermined period of time. Former students and alumni often have reason to access a syllabus years after they have participated in the course. Beginning Fall 2004 all syllabi are maintained within LORA (Loyola’s Online Record Access) as a pdf file. It is the policy of the university that the course syllabus is posted within LORA before the end of the first week of classes for all courses and all terms (e.g., fall, spring, spring intercession, summer, etc.). Instructions for posting syllabi are found within LORAFAC (http://www.loyno.edu/lora).

Given the long lasting and public nature of these records faculty may wish NOT to include certain information in the LORA version of the syllabus. Only the following information MUST be posted as part of the official university syllabus.

 

Each course syllabus MUST include the following elements. Other information may be included on the syllabus or distributed as handouts along with the syllabus.

  • Instructor’s Name
  • Office Information (i.e., office location, telephone, email address, office hours)
  • Term of the current course (e.g., Spring 2005)
  • Class Meeting Times (e.g,. MWF 11:30 - 12:20)
  • A statement concerning each of the following elements:
    • Expected Student Learning Course Outcomes (these should be consistent with the learning outcomes specified by the program/department and posted on its Intranet site)
    • Required Texts and any other required materials or course fees (if applicable)
    • Types of Assignments
    • Sequence/Calendar of Assignments
    • Basis for Assigning the Course Grade
  • Policy statements covering Attendance/Absences, Late or Delinquent Work, Participation/Behavior expected in class, and Cheating & Plagiarism should also be included.
  • Any other essential information, such as
    • Safety information, or
    • Information for how to access online resources (e.g. Blackboard), or
    • Information about any assignments that must be completed at off-campus locations (e.g. fieldwork, service learning).

 

The following statement MUST be included regarding disability services and accommodations:

If you have special needs (alternative testing, etc.), please contact the Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Academic Affairs, Mary Garvey Algero, at (504) 861-5675 in the Law School, or Disability Services at (504) 865-2990, ods@loyno.edu, or visit the Office of Disability Services in Marquette Hall, Room 112.
 

The following emergency statements MUST be included on each syllabus:

1. Practice signing on for each course through Blackboard.

2. Provide regular and alternative e-mail address and phone contact information to each instructor.

3. Pack textbooks, assignments, syllabi and any other needed materials for each course ad bring during an evacuation/suspension

4. Keep up with course work during the evacuation/suspension as specified on course syllabi and on-line Blackboard courses.

5. Complete any reading and/or writing assignments given by professors before emergency began.

Assuming a power source is available....

6. Log on to university Web site within 48 hours of an evacuation/suspension.

7. Monitor the main university site (www.loyno.edu) for general information.

8. Log on to each course through Blackboard or e-mail within 48 hours of an evacuation/suspension to receive further information regarding contacting course instructors for assignments, etc.

9. Complete Blackboard and/or other online assignments posted by professors (students are required to turn in assignments on time during the evacuation/suspension period and once the university campus has reopened.)

10. Contact professors during an evacuation/suspension (or as soon as classes resume on campus) to explain any emergency circumstances that may have prevented them from completing expected work.

Further information about student responsibilities in emergencies is available on the Academic Affairs web site: http://academicaffairs.loyno.edu/students-emergency-responsibilities

 

Note: If there is any information in your syllabus that is subject to change, you should note that in the appropriate place(s).

 

Updated August 17, 2016 – Office of the Provost