Syllabus: Creating Your Course Syllabus

Syllabus:  Creating Your Course Syllabus



It is the obligation of DSU to inform students at the beginning of each course of the objectives, requirements, performance standards, and evaluation procedures for the course. This information should be in writing and incorporated into the current syllabus for each course.

What you need to know:

You may wish to see previous course syllabi for the course you are teaching. They are available via the Program Assistant or the Senior Secretary of the appropriate college.  You can contact the Dean or Department Chair regarding whom to speak to get previous syllabi.

IMPORTANT:  D2L course pages are allowed to go live 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester; however, you must have them available to students by the first day of class.


Academic Calendar and Due Dates:

One of the key things to know for placing in the syllabus are various dates, not only due dates of assignments, but Last Day to drop/add a course with no charge, last day to withdraw from a course, and when the courses’ final exam is scheduled. 

These dates change, based on the semester and are set by the Board of Regents.  The days are important as dropping and adding a class, impacts financial aid and scholarships. 

Please refer to DSU Academic Calendar to ensure important dates are included in your syllabus. 

Accessible Syllabus Template with Instructions:

Download/Save the AccessibleSyllabusTemplate.dotx located to the right of this article in the Attachments(s) box for future use or reference. 

Recommendation:  this will save to your current web browser default is (ex: downloads folder), it is recommended that you move or save to a location for safekeeping.

If you would like to save the template for future use, save it to a location that is easy to remember and navigate to. Otherwise, choose the option to open the file in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word will open a new document based on the template.

Save the document with a meaningful and descriptive name before moving on. Word will prompt you to save it as a .docx file, which is the default document type for Word. Be sure to save it with the .docx file extension.

The template is set up with styles in a manner that will make the resulting document accessible to screen reading software. The styles include headings that result in the document having a hierarchical structure shown below. You can click View → Navigation Pane on the Word Ribbon to view this structure (you can click any of the headings in the Navigation Pane to be taken to that section in the document).

More Information:

Please click on any of the syllabus reference documents in the Attachments (1) section on this page to download.  These documents will help guide you when creating for your courses/



Need Assistance?

Questions about syllabi should be directed to your College’s Program Assistant or Senior Secretary.




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