REG 02.20.07 – Course Syllabus

Authority: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

History: First Issued: 1995. Last Revised: January 8, 2013.

Related Policies:
NCSU POL11.35.01 – Code of Student Conduct

NCSU REG02.20.03 – Attendance Regulation
NCSU REG02.20.01 – Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Additional References:
Disability Services Office 

Contact Info: Vice Chancellor and Dean of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) (919-515-2446)


All NC State faculty, lecturers, and other instructors (collectively “instructor(s)” herein) are required, no later than the first class, to provide students with a written or electronic course syllabus which contains the information listed below.

A syllabus must be submitted to the University Courses and Curricula Committee (UCCC) as part of a new course proposal or a major revision of an existing course. Courses with multiple sections may submit an example syllabus from a single section.


A course syllabus must include the information listed below. The language enclosed within quotes in sections 2.15, 2.17 and, if applicable, section 2.16, should be used without changes.  For convenience a syllabus tool is available at

2.1. Instructor’s name, office address, telephone number, e-mail address, regularly scheduled class meeting times, and office hours for out-of-class consultation.  The course prefix, number, title, credit hours, and semester should be listed.

2.2. Course prerequisites, co-requisites or statement on enrollment restrictions.  If none, state “none”.

2.3. Designation of course as fulfilling a General Education Program (GEP).  If none, state “none”.  GEP information in the syllabus should include the GEP category or categories (such as Natural Sciences or Humanities), and whether the course satisfies a GEP co-requisite(s)

2.4. Student learning outcomes for the course. Student learning outcomes in different sections of the same course should not differ significantly. Include the learning outcomes related to GEP objectives, if applicable. GEP objectives can be found at

2.5. Student expenses

2.5.1 List all required textbook(s) and other instructional material (ex: project supplies, laptop) and the cost of each. For each required textbook, include the author, title, and date or edition.

2.5.2 Statement on required expenses (e.g., lane rental at the bowling alley, museum admission fee, field trip costs, liability insurance), if applicable.

2.6. Course overview including at least the catalog description.

2.7. Course structure (such as group activities, lectures, discussion, labs, field trips, studio, etc.). Explain how the course will operate.

2.8. Weekly course schedule including the following (Note in the syllabus that the course schedule is subject to change with appropriate notification to students):

2.8.1 List of topics and approximate time allocated to each major topic.

2.8.2 Projected schedule of required readings, assignments, quizzes, and tests.

2.8.3 Required field trips and other out-of-class activities, if any.

2.8.4 Laboratory, studio, or problem session topics, if any.

2.9  Statement on transportation, if applicable.

Students must be informed whenever they must provide their own transportation to a field trip or internship site.

2.10 Statement on safety and risk assumption in courses requiring a laboratory, physical activity, field trips, studios and other special activities. (Consult with your department on appropriate wording.) Safety issues must be part of the course schedule at the first opportunity.

2.11 Detailed explanation of how grades are determined including:

2.11.1 The relative value of the various evaluation components of the course, (the portion of the grade that derives from quizzes, tests, final exam, projects, attendance, participation, etc.)  and the specific expectation for each component.  When attendance and/or participation are graded, the requirements for earning full value must be explained.

2.11.2 The conversion system from numerical to letter grading, if applicable.  The University’s regulation on grades and grade point average (NCSU REG 02.50.03).

2.12 Late Assignments
Instructor’s policy on late assignments, including the impact of late assignments on the grading of the assignment and the course.

2.13. Attendance/Absence Policy: Refer to Attendance Regulation (NCSU REG02.20.03). The instructor’s attendance policy, including procedures for submitting excuses and for scheduling makeup work when the excuses are accepted, must be explained.

Note: Excuses for unanticipated absences must be reported to the instructor no more than one week after the return to class. Instructors may use reasonable academic penalties commensurate with the importance of the work missed because of unexcused absences. Penalties associated with the number of absences in a course must be explicitly explained. The instructor shall determine the acceptable number of excused absences in his/her course. A reasonable number of anticipated University excused absences as defined per the University’s Attendance Regulation (NCSU REG02.20.03) shall be accepted.

2.14 Academic Integrity statement

List the instructor’s expectations concerning academic integrity in the completion of tests, assignments, and course requirements. Include reference to the Code of Student Conduct policy (NCSU POL11.35.1) and Pack Pledge.

2. 15. Statement for students with disabilities

“Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with the Disability Services Office at Suite 2221, Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 919-515-7653. For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG02.20.01)

2.16 Electronic Course Components

2.16.1 List electronically hosted course components, if any. Instructors should identify any components that may present privacy, copyright, or accessibility issues for the student so that these issues can be addressed during the course drop/add period.

2.16.2 Instructors are not responsible for ensuring privacy or accessibility of electronic materials that are not required components of the course (e.g., links to supplemental information that is not part of the required reading list). However, instructors should judiciously consider the privacy, copyright, and accessibility of supplemental links provided to students and warn them of any known issues or concerns in this regard. See Online Course Material Host Requirements(NCSU REG08.00.01)

2.16.3 One of the following statements is required. For use in courses with online exchanges among students and the instructor, but NOT persons outside the course (e.g., wrapped):

“Students may be required to disclose personally identifiable information to other students in the course, via electronic tools like email or web-postings, where relevant to the course. Examples include online discussions of class topics, and posting of student coursework. All students are expected to respect the privacy of each other by not sharing or using such information outside the course.” For use in courses where student information may be accessible to persons beyond the instructor and students in the course (e.g., not wrapped):

“This course may involve electronic sharing or posting of personally identifiable student work or other information with persons not taking or administering the course. Students will be asked to sign a consent form allowing disclosure of their personally identifiable work. No student is required to sign the consent form as a condition of taking the course. If a student does not want to sign the consent form, he or she has the right to ask the instructor for an alternative, private means of completing the coursework.”

2.17 “Students are responsible for reviewing the NC State University PRR’s which pertains to their course rights and responsibilities: