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Changes to Spring 2020 Syllabi

Faculty must provide students with information about changes to courses as soon as possible but certainly no later than March 31.

  • Faculty may need to change their syllabi to accommodate this unprecedented situation.  Some courses will go on with little interruption, such as courses already approved by the University Senate for distance learning courses. However, many instructors will need to modify at least some aspect of their courses. Faculty must communicate to their students directly, and in as timely a manner as possible, any changes they make.  Syllabi may only be changed prospectively – grades and course requirements that have already occurred may not be changed. It is likely that instructors will need to modify information both about the course in general (delivery format, preferred method of reaching the instructor, etc.) and changed requirements for future graded work/interaction (such as homework, projects, quizzes, papers, and tests). Revised syllabi can be shared electronically,and students must be able to access that syllabus electronically for the entirety of the semester.
  • Faculty must provide students with information about changes to the course as soon as possible but certainly no later than March 31. Changes to syllabi regarding upcoming graded work (i.e. homework, interactions, projects, quizzes, papers, and test) can only apply to upcoming activities. Instructors cannot change any elements of assignments whose due dates have passed. Examples of changes to syllabi include but are not limited to:
    • Length/duration of graded work.
    • Due dates of assignments.
    • How assignments will be submitted.
    • The respective weights of upcoming assignments
    • Description of revised course delivery format(s) (such as watching recorded lectures or providing chat rooms).
    • Whether instruction will be synchronous or asynchronous.
    • Preferred methods (and times) for communicating with the instructor.
    • Any changes to course policies and procedures.
    • Share any additional technology requirements, such as required software, and your preferred procedure for resolving technical complaints for each service or software used in the course.
  • The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation has established a website called Teach Anywhere at to help with the transition to alternate delivery. That site has resources on quick starts, planning and strategy, and teaching tools, such as UK’s remote proctoring service called Respondus. You can also find tutorial guides and videos, as well as webinars linked there.
  • Minimum technical requirements for UK courses and suggested hardware, software, and internet connections are available at ITS Student Hardware & Software Guidelines.
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