Syllabi Requirements

"The great arrogance of the present is to forget the intelligence of the past."
Ken Burns

1. Heading.  Include your name, course name and number, section number (this is the 3 digit number) and synonym (this is the five digit number).

2. How to reach you. Include your office hours and location, phone, email etc... and how to reach you for appoints outside your office hours. Reminder: ACC policy requires you to use your ACC email address.

3. Course Description. Reference the History Department URL,

4. Required Text and Materials. Include the name of the textbook and any studyguides you require etc...

5. Instructional Methodology. Tell students how you run your class (lecture, class discussion, some of everything etc...)

6. Course Rational. Reference the History Department URL, http://www/

7. Common Course Objectives.  On your syllabus, you must reference the history website at You do not need to print out these Objectives since they are irrelevant to your own course Learning Objectives.

8. Grading System.  Describe how a student earn a grade in your class. The department strongly advises against offering extra credit which distorts grades and rewards students with the time to do it. Be specific.

9. Class Policies.  You need a written policy on all of the following:

        Attendance: Is it required? What happens if students exceed the allowed number of absences? Do you take attendance? The department strongly advises against using attendance as part of the final grade. Attendance is expected and should not be rewarded. Other policies...

        Withdrawal: Do you withdraw students? On what grounds? It is required that you provide the last date for withdrawal without academic penalties in a given semester. . Other policies...

         Incompletes: ACC requires that students complete a minimum of 50% of the course before they can be awarded an Incomplete. Do you award Incompletes? When        must the grade be made up in the following semester?

        Student disabilities: ACC requires the following language: "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 Office on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester."
Note the name of the office has changed.

        Freedom of Expression: It is required that you indicate that you will protect a student's freedom of expression. Keep it brief.

        Scholastic Dishonesty: You 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 requires 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."

        Class outline/Calendar: Explain what you will be doing each day/week the class meets. Also, indicate the lecture topics and chapters covered. Be specific.

        Testing Center Policies: The testing centers' policies as they regard students should be made availabe to students by referencing the testing center's URL: If you don't use the testing center don't include it.

        Student Privacy: We are governed by The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  even in high school ECS classes. Students must know that we can only communicate witht eh, not their parents or spouses. requires that student privacy be preserved. Grades can not be given over the phone, through a fellow student, spouses, parents or by email.

        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 instructions.

        Safety Statement: ACC 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 emergency.

        Building Regulations: ACC regulations prohibit smoking, drinking, and eating in classrooms. This prohibition includes e-cigarettes.

        Instructional Associates Tutoring Hours can be found at

Finally, make sure to upload your syllabus to the ACC schedule via Lighthouse.