Syllabi

All syllabi must include the following information:

  • Instructor Name
  • Course Dates
  • Office Location
  • Course Time & Location
  • Contact Information (E.g. instructor@bu.edu)
  • Course Credits
  • Office Hours
  • Syllabi Statements (see below)

TA/TF/Learning Assistant Information (if relevant)

Question-driven Course Description

Course Objectives: list and link to larger program (e.g., major, gen ed) learning outcomes

Instructional Format, Course Pedagogy, and Approach to Learning

Books and Other Course Materials

  • Provide complete citations, as well as where to purchase (Barnes & Noble or alternative).
  • Distinguish clearly between required, recommended, and optional purchases.

Courseware: list course website, as well as any web links that will be needed for the class.

Assignments and Grading Criteria: describe assignments, papers, class participation, and examinations as applicable, and provide a clear summary of percentage weights for each category. Include any rubrics you will use to evaluate students’ work.

Resources/Support/How to Succeed in This Course:

  • Office hours, tutoring, etc.
  • Accommodations for Students with Documented Disabilities

Community of Learning: Class and University Policies:

  • Course members’ responsibility for ensuring a positive learning environment
  • Attendance & Absences. Clearly state your attendance policy, limit on absences, etc., including any implications of class attendance on grading. List all unusual required meetings (e.g., field trips, guest speakers). Affirm Policy on Religious Observance
  • Assignment Completion & Late Work. Detail your policy regarding how students should submit assignments (in person, by email, on courseware site, etc.) as well as how you will address late work, missed exams, etc.
  • Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy
  • Incomplete Grades Policy

Detail of Class Meetings: Date, Topic, Readings Due, Assignments Due: list in a legible format all of the class meetings with, in each case:

  • Lecture/discussion topics
  • Expected preparation for that meeting
  • Any assignments due.

State that schedules and topics are subject to change, and describe provisions for timely notification to students of any changes.

The Associate Deans’ Administrator maintains records of the previous syllabi for courses for reference.

Syllabi Statements

Must be included on all syllabi  

Grading Scale

All WCEHD courses that use a numeric scale shall adhere to the same percentage point scale for assigning final letter grades in courses.

Scale  

A         94 – 100%

A –       90 – 93.9%

B+       87 – 89.9%

B         84 – 86.9% 

B-        80 – 83.9%    

C+       77 – 79.9%

C         74 – 76.9% 

C-        70 – 73.9% 

D         60 – 69.9%

F          0 – 59.9%

(Approved by Faculty Assembly 3/6/19)

Statement of Accommodations for Students with Disabilities 

The Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University is committed to equal access for students with disabilities.  If you have a specific disability and require accommodations in this class, please let me know early in the semester so that appropriate accommodations can be made.  You must provide me with a letter of needed accommodations prepared by the Office of Disability Services.  Contact information for that office is as follows: (617) 353-3658 V/TTY or access@bu.edu.  All discussions and written materials will be kept confidential. 

(Approved by Faculty Assembly 3/18/09) 

Academic Conduct 

Academic integrity is the bedrock of any scholarly community. The objective of Boston University in enforcing academic rules is to promote a community atmosphere in which learning and the pursuit of knowledge can best take place. 

As articulated in the Academic Conduct Code “All students at Boston University are expected to maintain high standards of academic honesty and integrity. It is the responsibility of every student to be aware of the Academic Conduct Code’s contents and to abide by its provisions” http://www.bu.edu/academics/policies/academic-conduct-code/ 

In general, academic misconduct is conduct by which a student misrepresents his or her academic accomplishments, or impedes other students’ opportunities of being judged fairly for their academic work.  Students should pay particular attention to the rules regarding plagiarism, teamwork, submission of work to more than one course without permission, and conduct in a professional field assignment. If students have any questions about academic integrity or how it applies to the assignments in a specific course, students should consult their instructor.  

(Approved by Faculty Assembly, 2015) 

Incomplete Grade Policy 

In the School of Education, students receiving a grade of Incomplete must complete an “Incomplete Contract.” This contract should be filled out by both the student and instructor to dictate the completion deadline and circumstances of an incomplete grade. Both student and instructor will need to sign this form and the signed form should be returned to the Records Office, Room 115, for processing. Incomplete grades should not be awarded without this contract. 

Students have one year to resolve the terms of the contract or the grade will become the grade earned at the time the “I” grade was issued. 

 TITLE IX 

Boston University recognizes that sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and other forms of sexual misconduct can have a profound impact on a person’s personal, academic, and work life. The University encourages any student coping with such a situation, and who is uncertain of their options or simply needs help, to call one of the following confidential resources:  

On Campus  

  • BU Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center 617-353-7277 | sarp@bu.edu 930 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215  
  • Boston University Chaplains 617-358-3560  
  • Student Health Services 617-353-3575  
  • Behavioral Medicine 617-353-3569

Off Campus  

  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network 1-800-656-467  
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) 800-841-8371  

And, because Boston University is committed to fostering an environment that is free from all forms of sexual misconduct, any concerns, questions, or disclosures related to sexual misconduct can be directed to any of the Wheelock College Title IX Deputy Coordinators (http://www.bu.edu/safety/sexual-misconduct/title-ix-bu-policies/sexual-misconducttitle-ix-policy/title-ix-team/) or any other reporting resource on campus (http://www.bu.edu/safety/sexual-misconduct/reporting/).  

All disclosures of sexual or gender-based violence or harassment on or off campus made to faculty, teaching assistants, or other university employees must be forwarded to the BU Title IX Coordinator (617-353-9286).  

Information above was adapted from the Boston University Title IX Policy found at: http://www.bu.edu/safety/sexual-misconduct/title-ix-bu-policies/sexual-misconducttitle-ix-policy/  

(Approved by Faculty Assembly, 11/27/18) 

Preferred names

Students have the right to use a chosen name that reflects their identity. Boston University IS&T has provided instructions for students to change or modify the name that appears across Blackboard courses.

Blackboard Instruction: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/About_You/Personal_Settings

BU (Online) Directory: https://www.bu.edu/tech/services/cccs/email/%20office-365-outlook/management/nickname/