New Minimum Syllabus Requirements for Fall 2020


The Faculty Senate approved a significant revision to the university’s Minimum Syllabus Requirements (MSR) in June/July 2020 (see Attachment 1). In addition, we approved a Fall 2020 COVID Temporary Addendum for the MSR (see Attachment 2). You should be aware of the following major changes to the MSR.
 
  1. Faculty are responsible for ensuring their electronic syllabus meets accessibility standards (see TAMU SAP 29.01.04.M0.02). This requirement was added to the MSR.
  2. The requirements are grouped into two categories: course information and university policies.
  3. The university policies section includes revisions to the Academic Integrity Statement and Policy (Aggie Honor statement) and ADA Policy. In addition, statements were added for Attendance, Makeup Work, Title IX, and Mental Health and Awareness.
If faculty are interested in the rationale and justification for the MSR changes, pleaes review the cover letter provided as Attachment B to the June 13, 2020, Faculty Senate Meeting Agenda.
 

Microsoft Word Syllabus Template


The Faculty Senate provides the following Microsoft Word syllabus template documents that include all required content for the syllabus AND meets minimum electronic document accessibility standards.   

Canvas Syllabus Tool


As announced by Dr. Jocelyn Widmer, Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation, the new minimum syllabus requirements were built “into the blueprint that has been applied to all course shells in Canvas. Fall 2020 Minimum Syllabus Requirements are reflected in your Canvas shells under the Syllabus tool on your course navigation.” (See email from Office for Academic Innovation sent to all faculty dated July 15, 2020.)  In addition, Dr. Widmer notes “there are placeholders for two components [of the MSR] which still require final university-level approval.”

 

Because these statements now have final university-level approval, faculty should copy and paste the language from the “Statement on Mental Health and Wellness” and the “Fall 2020 COVID Temporary Amendment” into the Canvas Syllabus Tool.
 

Language for Main Campus vs. Other Campuses

 

As noted in the MSR document, the language for some university policies included in the MSR is specific to locations for the College Station campus. Faculty associated with the main campus in College Station should use MSR statements as written. Faculty not on the main campus should use the appropriate language and location at their site.

 
New Minimum Syllabus Requirements - Documents:

ATTACHMENT-1-TAMU-Minimum-Syllabus-Requirements_2020-07-17
ATTACHMENT-2-TAMU-COVID-Amendment_2020-07-16
ATTACHMENT-3-FINAL-TAMU-Minimum-Syllabus-Template-2020-08-06
TAMU-Galveston-Minimum-Syllabus-Template_2020-07-28
TAMU-Qatar-Minimum-Syllabus-Template_2020-08-04