This Course Syllabus Template includes the most common sections found on a course syllabus. Please feel free to add, remove, or rearrange sections as you see fit. Text highlighted in grey serve as placeholders meant to be replaced with your information. Please be sure to replace all of the placeholders with content that is relevant to your course. “If applicable sections” have been added for specific circumstances. Please review and update/remove these sections as appropriate.


Course Syllabus Template

Special Notes on Syllabus

The COVID Smart Classroom (Recommended) [Aug. 2022 Update]:

As new variants of COVID-19 continue to evolve, all campus community members are asked to make thoughtful choices about their health and be mindful that those choices will affect our whole community.

  • Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should wear a mask, not report to work or attend classes, and get tested as soon as possible.
  • Anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms – even after a negative COVID test – should remember there are many respiratory viruses circulating in our community. Please be considerate of others and wear a mask whenever you have any cold-like symptoms.
  • Masking is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others, especially in indoor settings when community transmission levels are high. Please continue to respect an individual’s decision to wear a mask even if it is not required. Masks are still required in the Student Health Center.
  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or hand sanitizer.

If you test positive for COVID-19 (rapid antigen or PCR test):

  • Stay home for a minimum of five (5) days and isolate yourself from others at home, as directed by the CDC.
  • Communicate with your professors via email or the excused absence form that you are ill or have tested positive for COVID-19. You should communicate this 5 day absenteeism to you faculty OR through the Student Life Excused Absence Process. Students can complete the Excused Absence here: https://www.mines.edu/student-life/forms/personal-excused-absence/.
  • For additional support, please reach out to one of the many resources on campus:
  • Academic support: Email CASA at casa@mines.edu.
  • Student Life Office: Excused absence(only if you must be away from class for more than three days).
  • Experiencing a mental/emotional challenge? Email Student Outreach & Support (SOS) at care@mines.eduor fill out a SOS Referral.

Regarding Absences (Optional and revise to meet your specific needs) [Aug. 2022 Update]:

To help you address the recent changes in procedures from student life, regarding illness-related absences of three days or less, we recommend the following statement for syllabi:

 The Mines default position is to trust students unless they give us a reason not to. Please think carefully before attempting to abuse this trust. As long as your number of short-term illnesses is low, we will not require anything beyond the answers to the questions below to mark you as excused, and you can work through what you missed for your own understanding. However, if you end up requesting a large number of excused absences, suspicious absences, or opportunistic absences, then we may follow-up and require you to submit proof that you have worked through the missed material before excusing you (in part, to make sure you are not falling behind). If we determine that you are violating the intent of this policy, then we will treat it as Academic Misconduct or a Code of Conduct matter.

Information to provide in email to instructor:

  1. Name and CWID
  2. Course Name
  3. Section and/or Time
  4. Class day missed
  5. Do you certify that you are indeed not feeling well and that after submitting this request will be limiting your activity to recover and/or lessen exposure to others as much as possible until you feel better?

Center for Academic Services and Advising (CASA) [Aug. 2022 Update]:

CASA (https://www.mines.edu/casa) provides a variety of services to support students during their time at Mines.

Academic Advising: All students are advised by Academic Advising Coordinators in CASA throughout their undergraduate studies at Mines.

Academic Support Services: CASA offers a wide variety of support services designed to assist students throughout their undergraduate degree. Examples include pre-finals workshops, major exploration events, and the specific support services listed below.

  • Tutoring: Tutoring services are offered for all core curriculum courses and many major courses by peers. Tutoring is offered Sunday through Thursday in CASA (Aspen Hall), the Library, and via zoom.
  • Core Review Sessions: Core Review Sessions are group review sessions held by a peer facilitator before common core course exams. Peer facilitators also host regular office hours for more individualized     assistance.
  • Academic Coaching: Students can work with CASA Advisors to develop the skills and technique of studying well in college, such as test-prep and cognitive learning development, in a one-on-one setting.
  • Faculty in CASA: Faculty from various departments host their regular office hours in CASA. Students are encouraged to utilize these professors for assistance with material and/or questions on course planning.

Support Resources @ Mines [Aug. 2022 Update]:

Note: this section was previously called CARE@Mines

If you feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, distressed, mentally or physically unhealthy, or concerned about your wellbeing overall, there are resources both on- and off-campus available to you. If you need assistance, please ask for help from a trusted faculty or staff member, fellow student, or any of the resources below. As a community of care, we can help one another get through difficult times. If you need help, reach out. If you are concerned for another student, offer assistance and/or ask for help on their behalf. Students seeking resources for themselves or others should visit care.mines.edu.

Additional suggestions for referrals for support, depending on comfort level and needs include:

  • Student Outreach & Support (SOS):mines.edu/sos for various resources and options, or to submit an online “SOS Referral ” about someone you’re concerned about, or email sos@mines.edu
  • CASA: https://www.mines.edu/casa/ for academic advising, tutoring, academic support, and academic workshops
  • Counseling Center: https://www.mines.edu/counseling-center/ or students may call 303-273-3377 to make an appointment. There are also online resources for students on the website. Located in the Wellness Center 2nd floor. Located at 1770 Elm St.
  • Health Center: https://www.mines.edu/student-health/ or students may call 303-273-3381 for appointment. Located in Wellness Center 1st floor.
  • Colorado Crisis Services: For crisis support 24 hrs/7 days, either by phone, text, or in person, Colorado Crisis Services is a great confidential resource, available to anyone. http://coloradocrisisservices.org, 1-844-493-8255, or text “TALK” to 38255. Walk-in location addresses are posted on the website.
  • Food and/or Housing: Any student who faces challenges securing their food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact Student Outreach and Support (mines.edu/sos). Furthermore, please notify your professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable your professor to provide resources that may be available.

All of these options are available for free for students. The Counseling Center, Health Center, and Colorado Crisis Services are confidential resources. The Counseling Center will also make referrals to off-campus counselors, if preferred.

In an emergency, you should call 911, and they will dispatch a Mines or Golden PD officer to assist.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct [Aug. 2022 Update]:

Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct of any type, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, are prohibited under the Policy Prohibiting Unlawful Discrimination and the Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Interpersonal Violence. As a participant in this course, we expect you to respect your instructor and your classmates. As your instructor, it is my responsibility to foster a learning environment that supports diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and honors your identities. I am also a mandatory reporter as an instructor at Mines, and if I receive a disclosure of Discrimination, Harassment, and/or Sexual Misconduct, I am required to report it to the Title IX Coordinator. You can also make a report if you are witness to  or impacted by Discrimination, Harassment, and/or Sexual Misconduct  If something is said or done in this course (by anyone, including myself) that made you or others feel uncomfortable, or if your performance in the course is being impacted by your experiences outside of the course, please report it to me (if you are comfortable doing so), to the https://www.mines.edu/institutional-equity-title-ix/reporting/,  and to https://www.mines.edu/institutional-equity-title-ix/submit-report/ (an anonymous option). You can also contact the Mines Title IX Coordinator, Carole Goddard, directly at 303.273.3260 or titleix@mines.edu for more information. It’s on us, all of the Mines community, to engineer a culture of respect.

Preferred First Name Project [Aug. 2022 Update]:

In order to foster a more inclusive environment for students and faculty who use Canvas to teach, learn and collaborate, ITS is implementing the use of preferred first names throughout the entire Canvas learning management system at Mines on August 15, 2022. This change will transition Canvas to fully utilize preferred first names regardless of feature, function, or user. You can add a preferred first name by following the steps on the Preferred First Name website.

Why Are Preferred First Names important? Calling a person by their preferred name shows respect. Using preferred names contributes to the University’s goal of providing an empowering, safe and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment. Someone’s name is an extremely important part of a person’s identity. We encourage everyone to utilize a person’s preferred name and pronouns whenever addressing or referring to them.