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All faculty, regardless of the number of times they have taught a course, are required to have current syllabi on file. Prior to the first day of instruction, electronically submit a syllabus for each class you are teaching. They can be sent to either Janell or Barbara at or If you send your syllabus to publication,, just cc Janell or Barbara.

The course syllabus is the instructor’s contract with the student. The syllabus explains to students the course objectives, the expectations the instructor has of students, and the standards they are expected to meet. A clear and complete syllabus can save many hours of dealing with student misunderstanding, grade challenges, etc. If you have any questions, please contact your department chair or the division office.

Please note the following:

 1.  Each syllabus must include the college-approved Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).  If you have additional goals or objectives, please place them under a different heading, such as “Additional Course Goals” or “Additional Course Objectives.”

 2.  You must have the following regarding disabled students on your syllabus:

 Accommodations for Disabilities:

Students with verifiable disabilities who want to request academic accommodations are responsible for notifying their instructor and Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) as early as possible in the semester.  To arrange for accommodations, contact DSPS at (714) 628-4860; (714) 639-9742 (TTY- for hearing impaired students) or in person at the DSPS Center, E-105.

3.  Courses with required lab hours for the course must include that information on the syllabus.  (e.g. In order to fulfill the course requirements for Math 060, all students are required to spend nine hours in the Math Study Hall).

 4. The Absence/Drop policy (SCC College Catalog  p. 21) reads as follows:  “It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a course.  However, because of enrollment demand a student may be dropped by the instructor when not appearing at the first class meeting.  A student may also be dropped for excessive absences when the total hours of absence exceed 10% of the total scheduled hours of the class.  Under extenuating circumstances, a student may be reinstated by the instructor.”

 5. Student Conduct:  All students are responsible for maintaining appropriate conduct while enrolled in classes through the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD).   Guidelines for student conduct are set forth in the RSCCD “Standards of Student Conduct” policy.  Detailed information regarding student discipline and rights within this policy is available in the college catalog and student handbook.  Students who violate the Standards of Conduct are subject to disciplinary action which includes, but is not limited to, removal from class, suspension and expulsion.

  Syllabus Requirements


NAME OF COLLEGE:      Santiago Canyon College
DIVISION NAME:             Library and Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


SEMESTER (Fall - Spring – Summer)  YEAR (2010, 11, etc.)








A syllabus must be in accordance with college and department policies. Cover all minimums of courses as spelled out in course overview/college catalogue.


  • SLOs
  • Absence/Tardiness/Drop Policies (see statement on opposite side)
  • Lab Requirements (schedule/time/place/safety rules)
  • Field Trip Requirements
  • Academic Honesty Policy
  • Class Rules of Conduct
  • Required Course Textbooks/Materials
  • Grading Policies/Procedures
  • DSPS Statement


Please note that additional information as deemed important by the instructor and/or department (e.g. dates to remember, weekly agenda and guidelines for assignments) may be included.  Please contact your department chair for additional department guidelines.