CASNR Syllabus Requirements

Last approved on 2019-11-08 by CASNR CC.
Edited 6/12/2020 to include University Mental Health and Well-Being Resources statement; 10/26/2020 to include Required Face Coverings Statement

Comparison of UNL and CASNR syllabus policies

The course syllabus should include the following information, not necessarily in the order shown:

  • Course title
  • Contact information
  • Instructor name
  • Office location
  • Contact information (telephone number and/or e-mail address)
  • Office hours
  • Required materials (including texts and personal equipment such as a calculator)
  • Course prerequisites (check that they match course catalog). Include recommended courses, skills, or other desired qualities as note(s)
  • Course Description (copy from course catalog, expand if desired)
  • Measurable Behavioral Objectives


A list of papers, exams and other assessments that will contribute to the students grades, along with the exact or approximate value of those assessments either in points of percent of total grade. Repeated small assessment, such as homework or quizzes, can be considered as one line in the list of assessments. Include grading scale, translating total points or percentage earned into a letter grade.

Course Outline

Due dates for major assignments: place, date, time of final exam Policy requiring late assignments.

Course Policies

Attendance policy, if any. If attendance or participation affects grade that should be spelled out here as well in sufficient detail.

Special policies for the course, if any.

Policy regarding academic dishonesty. This should include a full specification of penalties for first, second, etc. offenses, and provide a link to the appeal procedures for the instructor’s unit. For example, SCIL courses run out of the dean’s office, and the appeal procedure is at

University Informational Statements

ADA Statement:

The University strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience barriers based on your disability (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options privately. To establish reasonable accommodations, I may request that you register with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). If you are eligible for services and register with their office, make arrangements with me as soon as possible to discuss your accommodations so they can be implemented in a timely manner.
SSD contact information: 117 Louise Pound Hall Bldg.; 402-472-3787

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources:

UNL offers a variety of options to students to aid them in dealing with stress and adversity. Counseling and Psychological & Services (CAPS) is a multidisciplinary team of psychologists and counselors that works collaboratively with Nebraska students to help them explore their feelings and thoughts and learn helpful ways to improve their mental, psychological and emotional well-being when issues arise. CAPS can be reached by calling 402-472-7450. Big Red Resilience & Well-Being provides one-on-one well-being coaching to any student who wants to enhance their well-being. Trained well-being coaches help students create and be grateful for positive experiences, practice resilience and self-compassion, and find support as they need it. BRRWB can be reached by calling 402-472-8770.

Emergency procedures

Consult UNL emergency planning site for current emergency procedures:

ACE Required Material (If Applicable)

  • Learning outcome for which the course is certified
  • The opportunities the course will give students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the Learning Outcome
  • Graded assignments which will be used.

Please double check current ACE requirements at as they do change from time to time. Ensure assignment samples are collected for evaluation.

Course syllabus format is based on information from the following websites:

Face Coverings Syllabus Statement

(Approved by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee 7/14/2020, Active Until Further Notice)

Required Use of Face Coverings for On-Campus Shared Learning Environments*

As of July 17, 2020 and until further notice, all University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, and others) are required to use a facial covering at all times when indoors except under specific conditions outlined in the COVID 19 face covering policy found at: This statement is meant to clarify classroom policies for face coverings:

To protect the health and well-being of the University and wider community, UNL has implemented a policy requiring all people, including students, faculty, and staff, to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose while on campus. The classroom is a community, and as a community, we seek to maintain the health and safety of all members by wearing face coverings when in the classroom. Failure to comply with this policy is interpreted as a disruption of the classroom and may be a violation of UNL’s Student Code of Conduct.

Individuals who have health or medical reasons for not wearing face coverings should work with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (for students) or the Office of Faculty/Staff Disability Services (for faculty and staff) to establish accommodations to address the health concern. Students who prefer not to wear a face covering should work with their advisor to arrange a fully online course schedule that does not require their presence on campus.

Students in the classroom:

  1. If a student is not properly wearing a face covering, the instructor will remind the student of the policy and ask them to comply with it.
  2. If the student will not comply with the face covering policy, the instructor will ask the student to leave the classroom, and the student may only return when they are properly wearing a face covering.
  3. If the student refuses to properly wear a face covering or leave the classroom, the instructor will dismiss the class and will report the student to Student Conduct & Community Standards for misconduct, where the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

Instructors in the classroom:

  1. If an instructor is not properly wearing a face covering, students will remind the instructor of the policy and ask them to comply with it.
  2. If an instructor will not properly wear a face covering, students may leave the classroom and should report the misconduct to the department chair or via the TIPS system for disciplinary action through faculty governance processes.

*Courses that have been granted an exception to the Face Covering Policy for pedagogical reasons are excluded. Exceptions to the Face Covering Policy are only granted after an approved health safety plan is developed.