Office of the Academic Ombud -- A neutral, independent and confidential resource for UK students and faculty

109 Bradley Hall • ombud@uky.edu • 859-257-3737 • University Senate Rules

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Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is the first indicator of the instructor's expectations of the course and should offer a detailed description of both course content and assignments. It functions as an academic "contract" between the student and the instructor. It should be provided free of charge to students during the first or second class meeting (see Senate Rule 6.1.1). Instructors may post the syllabus electronically as long as it remains posted throughout the semester.

The syllabus should provide relevant details about regularly scheduled office hours during which students may seek consultation and advice as well as information about all policies (such as attendance and make-up opportunities) to be enforced during the course.

Steps to Resolve Concerns about Your Syllabus

  • The first step in resolving any concerns a student may have regarding the syllabus is to meet with the course instructor.
  • If the initial attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor is unsuccessful, the student should meet with the Department Chair or Director to express his or her concerns. Be sure and provide any information and documentation that helps to explain the issue at hand.
  • If the concerns remain unresolved after speaking with the course instructor and department chair, and/or the student would like a confidential consultation, the student may contact the Academic Ombud Services Office.
  • If the concerns with the syllabus have merit, and the student wishes to preserve anonymity with the course Instructor and Department Chair, the Academic Ombud may contact the course instructor on the student's behalf to resolve the matter. In this instance, the Ombud will inform the student of the Instructor's decision.