Welcome to Western Carolina University! We're glad you’re teaching your first course
here. As you get acclimated to campus, there are a few things to know:
You'll get a sample syllabus from your chair. Check that course syllabus against our
Model Syllabus Template, and reconcile any differences. Note that we recommend placing this text in the
rich content editor box in the Canvas Syllabus tool instead of keeping it as a text
file. The same content will be copied into the blank course shells for upcoming semesters,
so you may not have to use this file at all if you simply update the information in
your course shell.
We have also created a more elaborate Canvas optimized system which you can transfer
into your course shell which includes this information. Use these steps to get started.
You have been teaching at Western Carolina University for more than a year. You’re
familiar with the old Master Syllabus the Coulter Faculty Commons has long maintained or the new Model Syllabus that has replaced it, and all you need to know now is whether institutional policies
have changed since you last visited this page.
Here’s a list of updated policy information, with a date/timestamp when it was required
for your syllabus:
Model Syllabus Update: Moved all non-course required content (Policies and Support
Resources) to persistent web page for WCU Syllabus Additional Content with link in the body of Model Syllabus.
Version 1.11.21 - Updated text in academic integrity section to include self-plagiarism
Version 8.10.20 - Updated Statement on Wearing of Masks
Version 8.06.10 - Section on Course Recording and Broadcasting updated with most recent
guidance from the office of legal counsel.
Version 7.19.20 - For Writing and Learning Commons section - corrected website and
added information about supplemental instruction
Version 6.26.20 - Statement on Wearing of Masks
Version 5.18.20 - Guidelines for using Respondus LockDown Browser and/or LockDown
Version 4.30.20 - Updated contact information for campus offices during COVID-19 stay-at-home
Version 2.01.20 - Added Community Vision for Inclusive Excellence Statement
Version 12.19.19 - Updated Grading Table to Grading Section
Version 5.8.19 - Updated Accessibility Statement, as suggested by the Office of Accessibility
Version 5.19.19 - Alignment to the policy on Academic Integrity, as maintained by
the Dean of Students website; alignment to new contact email address and website for
the Office of Accessibility Resources
Version 9.13.18: - Inclusion of new Liberal Studies Learning Outcomes verbiage
Version 8.7.18: - A link to the Liberal Studies Learning Goals website (to assist
faculty teaching courses part of the Liberal Studies CORE).
Version 7.17.18 - A statement about learning outcomes for courses part of the Liberal
Version 6.21.18 - Information about LMS downtime
Version 5.25.18 - Updates about WALC, Math Tutoring center, Institutional Policies:
Course Recording and Broadcasting, Institutional Policies: Accommodations for Students
with Disabilities, Academic Integrity Policy and Reporting Process (corrected a typo)
Academic Calendar - Plan your semester with the add/drop schedule, holiday schedule, midterm and final
Course Workload Estimator - Calculate length of time required for students to read, write, discuss, and test.
This new version includes tools for incorporating length of time for videos and podcasts.
Faculty seeking the video waiver/release form for students, referenced on page 14
of the Syllabus Tempalate, should view the Office of Legal Counsel website. The form is provided on the very bottom of their webpage.
For further help with syllabi, including course planning and design, alignment, and
assessment, consider a consultation with one of our faculty developers.