Syllabus Template & Policy for Undergraduate and Non-Law Graduate 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 is 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 have been maintained within LORA (Loyola’s Online Record Access) as pdf files. According to university policy all course syllabi must be posted on LORA at least one week prior to the first week of classes of all terms (i.e., fall, spring and summer). Instructions for posting syllabi are found within LORAFAC (

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. The following information MUST be posted as part of the official university syllabus.


Syllabus Template:  Plain   |  Graphic


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
  • Contact Information (i.e., office location, telephone number, email address, office hours)
  • Course name, number, and term of the current course (e.g., Fall 2010)
  • Brief Course Overview
  • Class meeting location (e.g., Monroe Hall 111) and meeting time (e.g., MWF 11:30 am – 12:20 pm)
  • Required reading materials and texts including: (note this information must also be provided to the Bookstore)
    • Title
    • Author
    • Edition
    • ISBN
    • List of any other required materials or course fees (if applicable)
    • Note: If the textbook information is not available when your syllabus is posted, you may indicate “to be determined”.
  • 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)
    • Types of Assignments
    • Sequence Of Topics/Calendar (dates) of Assignments
    • Basis or Criteria for Assigning the Course Grade
    • Note: if there is any information in your syllabus that is subject to change, please note this in the appropriate place(s).
  • Policy statements covering Attendance/Absences, Late or Delinquent Work, Participation/Behavior expected in class, and Cheating and Plagiarism should also be included.



The following policy statements will be automatically populated into a separate syllabus “part 2” document in LORA and Blackboard in order to provide accurate and up-to-date policies for our students.  

You no longer need to add these policies to your course syllabus as these will be automatically provided to your students.

  • Academic Honesty and Plagiarism
  • Office for Accessible Education
  • Emergency Procedures
  • University Counseling Center
  • Blackboard and Online Learning Support
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library 
  • Information Technology
  • Student Success Center

Updated August 5, 2020 – Office of the Provost