"The great arrogance of the present is to forget the
intelligence of the past."
1. Heading: Include your name, course name and number,
section number (this is the 3 digit number) and synonym (this is the
5 digit number).
2. Contact Information: How to reach you-this includes your
office hours and location, phone, email etc., and how to reach you
for appointments outside office hours. Reminder: ACC policy requires
you to use your ACC email address. Remember you can use the ACC
voice mailbox system rather than your personal phone by calling 512
223 1790 and setting it up.
3. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Required reference the URL of history
4. REQUIRED TEXT: Materials-this is the name of the
textbook, any study guides you require, etc.
5. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY: You should tell students how
you run your class (lecture, class discussion, some of everything)
6. COURSE RATIONALE: Required reference the url of
7. COMMON COURSE OBJECTIVES: On your syllabus, you
must reference the history website at
8. GRADING SYSTEM: How does a student earn a grade in the
class. The department strongly advises against offering extra credit
which distorts grades and rewards students with the time to do it.
9. CLASS POLICIES: You will need a written policy on all the
Attendance: is it required, what happens if students exceed
the allowed number of absences, etc.
Do you take attendance? The department strongly advises
againstusing attendance as part of the final grade. Attendance
is expected and should not be rewarded. Be specific
Withdrawal-do you withdraw, if you do upon what grounds, last
date for withdrawal in a semester required, etc.
Incompletes: the college requires that students have
completed a minimum of 50% of the course for the incomplete to be
awarded. Upon what basis do you award Incompletes and when
must they be made up in the following semester?
10. STUDENT DISABILITIES: -THE COLLEGE NOW REQUIRES THE
“Each ACC campus offers support services for students with
documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students
with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the
Student Accessibility Services on the campus where they expect to
take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to
do this within three weeks of the start of the semester.” Note
name of the office has changed!
11. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Required. Keep it
12. SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY: You will need to specify the
penalty. Some instructors, for example, give a student an F
for the class, not just the individual test, if caught
cheating. This is departmental policy. ACC required the
following language be used:
"Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be
administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not
limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and
unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside
work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result
of their thought, research or self-expression. Academic work is
defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken
electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group;
classroom presentations, and homework." For full list of covered
misconduct see p. 57 of the Student Handbook at
13. CLASS OUTLINE/CALENDAR: This explains what you will be
doing each day/week the class meets (which chapters covered, which
lectures, which topics, etc.) Be specific.
14. TESTING CENTER POLICIES: The testing center’s policies
as they regard students should be made available to students by
referencing the testing center’s URL:
http://www.austin.austincc.edu/testctr. If you don’t use the testing
centers, don’t include it.
15. STUDENT PRIVACY: We are governed by FERPA, even in
high school ECS classes. Students
must know we can only communicate with them, not parents or spouses.
16. SAFETY STATEMENTACC is committed to providing a
safe and healthy environment for study and work. Students are
expected to learn and to comply with ACC environmental, health, and
safety procedures and to follow ACC safety policies. See the Environmental Health and Safety
link for more details. The College also asks that each student
become familiar with the Emergency Procedures and Campus Safety Plan
map in each classroom. See ACC Emergency Alerts
to sign up for electronic notices in the event of a serious
17. USE OF ACC EMAIL: ACC sends all email communication
solely to the student's ACCmail account and expects students to read
the messages in a timely manner. So that means all important
information and emergency details will go only to your ACCmail .
Students should expect to receive from, and send email to, their
instructors from their ACCmail account. To set up an account,
students can go to ACCmail for
18. BUILDING REGULATIONS:ACC regulations prohibit smoking,
drinking, and eating in classrooms. This prohibition includes
19. INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATES TUTORING HOURS: Can be found
20. CAMPUS CARRY LANGUAGE: The
Austin Community College District concealed handgun policy ensures
compliance with Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code (also
known as the Campus Carry Law),
while maintaining ACC’s commitment to provide a safe environment for
its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Beginning August 1, 2017, individuals who are licensed to carry
(LTC) may do so on campus premises except in locations and at
activities prohibited by state or federal law, or the college’s
concealed handgun policy. It
is the responsibility of license holders to conceal their
handguns at all times. Persons who see a handgun on campus
are asked to contact the ACC Police Department by dialing
222 from a campus phone or 512-223-7999.
21. RECOMMENDED STATEMENT CONCERNING STUDENT STANDARDS
OF CONDUCT: Acceptable standards of conduct include
Reflects the highest level of honesty and integrity
• Is civil, courteous,
and respectful of all members of the campus community, their
property of the college and promotes the smooth and unimpeded
delivery of knowledge in the classroom
responsibility and prohibits the unlawful use of alcohol,
illicit drugs, other substances, and weapons
• Promotes mutual
respect, equality, and safety of its members and opposes those
acts that harass, intimidate, or haze its members.
Any one failing to
adhere to the above standards will be withdrawn from the course
at the very least.
Finally, make sure to
upload your syllabus to the ACC schedule via Lighthouse.