The course syllabus is an expansion of the common course outline that contains, at a minimum, elements of the common course outline, standards for evaluating student learning, and additional information which is needed when students transfer the course. The suggested components are identified in the Faculty Syllabus Checklist.
According to Minnesota State policy 3.22, a syllabus must be made available to all registered students within a maximum of one week from the first class meeting for all classes. In addition, each instructor is required to provide an electronic copy of each syllabus to the College Administration during the first week of class.
Each semester a random sample of syllabi will be reviewed by Academic Affairs for quality improvement purposes.
Syllabi submitted electronically will be retained in read-only format. The following notation may be added to electronic syllabi:
A course syllabus is the intellectual property of the faculty author. This document may not be reproduced in any form without the permission of the author.
Access to electronic syllabi shall be limited to viewing rights in the following circumstances:
- For verification of included information in the event of student issues;
- For purposes of faculty appraisal;
- For data collection and analysis.
If a copy of a syllabus is needed for evaluation of transfer credit, it shall be considered fair use to provide a copy to the transfer institution requesting the syllabus for evaluation. The copy provided shall be labeled “for transfer purposes only.”
Only current syllabi will be maintained in the counseling area. It shall be considered fair use to provide a copy to the transfer institution requesting the syllabus for evaluation. The copy provided shall be labeled "for transfer purposes only."
Release of archived syllabi to other faculty members will be made only after permission is obtained from the syllabus author.
04.2003 Changed three copies to two; Added last two sentences.
11.2004 Amended most of the procedure to reflect electronic requirements for syllabi, maintenance of syllabi, and faculty author rights.
04.2017 Amended much of the procedure.
07.2017 Technical changes, MnSCU to Minnesota State