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Constructing a UK Syllabus

A syllabus provides students with information on course requirements and policies, ways to contact you, your expectations for performance and a schedule of topics. It can also include items such as your teaching philosophy and advice to students on note-taking, critical reading, study habits and other ways to succeed in this course and others.

According to the University of Kentucky's Office of Academic Ombud Services, the syllabus is a contract between the instructor and the student. It should contain information that is clear, explicit and complete. It must be provided (by paper or electronic) free of charge to students during the first or second class meeting of the semester.

CELT has created a syllabus template to help instructors at the University of Kentucky create a syllabus that contains the necessary information for students and is in keeping with the University Senate guidelines for syllabi. Senate guidelines are highlighted in red in this document. Feel free to use any or all of the categories and text in the template in any order or any format that best fits your course. Substitute your own text for the existing text if you would like. Include any additional information that you deem important for your class or is specified by your department or college.

UK Syllabus Template (Downloads as a Word document)

Additional syllabus information:

Advice from the Office of Academic Ombud Services can be found at

The UK University Senate has compliled a list of items that should be included in a syllabus. The web site link will either open another page or download the document depending on your browser. Syllabi Guidelines.pdf