James Madison University and its regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), require that instructors provide specific information to their students through a written syllabus.
The four bullets below are minimum requirements; how they are interpreted is determined by the academic unit. All JMU instructors must comply with these requirements for undergraduate and graduate courses.
Examples: Course objectives, learning outcomes
Examples: Catalog description, prerequisites, corequisites, schedule, method of instruction
Examples: Course texts, assignments and due dates, contact information, policies on academic honesty, accommodations, attendance, classroom etiquette, make-ups, participation, professional behavior , etc.
Examples: Assignments (quizzes, tests, papers, projects, etc.) and their weighting/percentage, homework, how final grades are calculated, etc.
The Division of Academic Affairs requires that the following information be included as part of each course syllabus:
The general syllabus template below includes suggested language for these topics. You may also choose to link to the Student Syllabi Resource Web site (www.jmu.edu/syllabus) as part of your syllabus.
Dual-level courses (a course taught jointly at the undergraduate and graduate level) must have a different syllabus for both levels of the course that specify the additional requirements for graduate students along with a detailed syllabus explaining course requirements for each level.
Here are several sample syllabi that you may use as a guide in developing your own syllabus. The examples have information that is not required for all courses, but it may contain helpful ideas for the creation of a course syllabus for your courses.
For a general syllabus template, click Syllabus Template.