The course syllabus is the first indicator of the instructor's expectations of students and provides a detailed description of both course content and assignments. It functions as an academic "contract" between the student and the instructor (and, by extension, the department, college, and university). Thus, it should be clear, explicit, and complete; it should not contain imprecise, vague, or ambiguous language, and it should not be changed for the duration of the semester.
The course syllabus must be provided free of charge to students during the first class meeting. Instructors may post the syllabus electronically as long as it remains posted and unchanged throughout the semester.