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

Oredigger Promise: We Climb Together (June 2020 Update) 

Orediggers climb together. Orediggers look out for each other. It will take a shared commitment from each and every one of us to stop the spread of COVID-19, open campus and be together at Mines this year. We take great pride in being a top engineering and applied sciences university and we will strive to be the exemplar in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in a university setting.

Therefore, as a member of the Oredigger community, I promise to protect classmates and colleagues, our families and neighbors, and myself by adopting the practices and attitudes summarized below; I will:

  • Complete training sessions to learn required safety practices and expectations for learning, working, and living on campus.
  • Monitor my health daily. I will report to a medical professional if I experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms: fever of 100.4F or higher, dry cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chills, unusual muscle aches, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Stay home if I have COVID-19-related symptoms, even if I feel well enough to come to campus.
  • Isolate and self-quarantine for the prescribed period of time after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing in all settings, both on- and off-campus.
  • Wear an appropriate face covering over my mouth and nose when indoors and in any other setting where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, and use any other protective gear prescribed by the university.
  • Wash my hands frequently using soap and water or hand sanitizer. Contribute to the cleaning of classroom surfaces as requested.
  • Carefully observe and follow campus and building instructional signs and directions.
  • Participate in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing to preserve the wellness of the community.
  • Be positive and gracious when others provide safety reminders and suggestions.
  • Be attentive and helpful to anyone around who may be in need of support.

Disability Support Services (Prior Updates)

In guidance put forth by the Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights, it is incumbent upon us as an institution to ensure that students know where to seek assistance for disability-related accommodations or information. Further, being inclusive and supportive of all students is a core value at Mines. Mines is committed to ensuring equal access for all students, including students with disabilities. Inclusion of a disability support statement in syllabi is a national best practice and standard supported by ADA enforcement agencies and AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability), as part of a multi-pronged approach to supporting an inclusive culture on campus. Students with disabilities may contact Disability Support Services (DSS) to discuss options to removing barriers in courses, including how to register and request official accommodations.

CARE @ Mines

Living, learning, and working at Colorado School of Mines can cause stress and may be a reason that someone is displaying distressed or disruptive behavior. Mines is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all members of the campus community.

The CARE Team at Mines provides assistance to the campus community to help access and find solutions for managing these difficult situations.

The CARE at Mines website (care.mines.edu) provides information on campus and community resources that are available. Distressed and disruptive behavior usually includes a change in a person’s performance, appearance, or emotional state and may be symptomatic of a person’s inability to manage personal or emotional difficulties. Behaviors may include:

  • Sleep disturbances (too much or too little)
  • Class attendance or participation issues
  • Change in personal hygiene
  • Altered performance in academic/organization pursuits
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Heightened emotional response
  • Over dependence on others
  • Self-harm behaviors (cutting, burning)
  • Expressed suicidal thoughts
  • Engaging in risky behaviors that are out of character/context
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse

If you have noticed any of these behaviors or are concerned for your students, please email CARE at CARE@mines.edu or visit the care.mines.edu website to start the support process and seek assistance.

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

  • CARE at Mines: care.mines.edu for various resources and options, or to submit an online “CARE report” about someone you’re concerned about, or email care@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 the Dean of Students for support. 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 Title IX:

All learning opportunities at Mines require a safe environment for everyone to be productive and able to share and learn without fear of discrimination or harassment. Mines’ core values of respect, diversity, compassion, and collaboration will be honored in Mines courses, and the standards in classes are the same as those expected in any professional work environment. (More information can be found here.) Discrimination or harassment of any type will not be tolerated. Course participants are expected to respect instructors and classmates. Instructors are responsible for fostering a learning environment that supports diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and honors your identities.  To help accomplish this:

  • Course rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. Instructors will honor students requests to address students by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Students should advise instructors of this preference early in the semester so that they may make appropriate changes to their records.
  • If something is said or done in courses (by anyone) that makes anyone feel uncomfortable, or if performance in the course is being impacted by experiences outside of the course, please report it to:
    • Instructors (if comfortable doing so)
    • Wellness Center- Counseling (https://www.mines.edu/counseling-center/)
    • Speak Up (https://www.mines.edu/speak-up/) – Anonymous Option

Mines courses will cultivate a community that supports survivors, prevents interpersonal violence, and promotes a harassment free environment. Title IX and Colorado State law protects individuals from discrimination based on sex and gender in educational programs and activities. Mines takes this obligation seriously and is committed to providing a campus community free from gender and sex-based discrimination. Discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence, is prohibited and will not be tolerated within the Mines campus community. If these issues have affected you or someone you know, you can access the appropriate resources on the Mines Title IX website. You can also contact the Mines Title IX Coordinator, Camille Torres, at 303.384.2124 or titleix@mines.edu for more information.

It’s on us, all of the Mines community, to engineer a culture of respect.