Teaching Resources

Syllabus Template

Resource Overview

The Center for Teaching and Learning has put together a sample syllabus template for use and adaptation.

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Constructing a syllabus can be a complicated, time-consuming endeavor. For convenience, the Center for Teaching and Learning has put together a sample syllabus template for use and adaptation. This template was last revised in Fall 2021 to include recommended language related to University policies and resources for students.

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Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Exceptions to course policies, expectations, and requirements (including attendance and assignment deadlines) because of a COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or exposure to a person with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis that requires quarantine or isolation will be made in collaboration between the student and instructor. In these cases, please notify your instructor as soon as possible to discuss appropriate accommodations.

All students on the Danforth Campus are required to complete the self-screening app before they come to campus or leave their residence hall room. To complete the screening app, visit WashU COVID-19 Screening for campus access and log in with your WUSTL Key.  If you do not receive a green check and pass the screening app, you are not permitted to come to campus or leave your residence hall room.  You must contact Habif Health and Wellness Center immediately.

While on campus, it is imperative that students follow all public health guidelines established to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within our community. The full set of University protocols can be found at https://covid19.wustl.edu/health-safety/. This includes:

  • Complying with physical distancing requirements at all times and adhering to signage and environmental cues. This includes not congregating before or after class as well as during breaks or class activities.
  • Complying with universal masking. All individuals on campus must wear disposable masks or cloth face coverings while occupying indoor public settings, including: multi-person offices; hallways; stairwells; elevators; meeting rooms; classrooms;  restrooms; and when in campus outdoor spaces unless they can maintain six feet of physical distance from others.  In the event that a student cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, they should contact Habif or Disability Resources to seek an accommodation and, if an accommodation is granted, communicate with their instructor.
  • Practicing healthy personal hygiene, including frequent handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and/or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Complying with cleaning and sanitation protocols. Students may be responsible for wiping down common surfaces after use, particularly those that might be shared with others (e.g. classroom desks). Instructions for sanitizing technology equipment can be found here.

We take your health and the health of our community very seriously. Any Danforth Campus student who is currently diagnosed with COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or has had direct contact with a person with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis must remain home and isolate yourself from othersStudents who have symptoms and/or do not pass the screening protocol must call the Habif Health and Wellness Center at 314-935-6666 for additional instructions.

Additional Considerations

Religious Holidays

The Office of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life maintains a calendar of many religious holidays observed by the WashU community.  Listed below are dates of some of the major religious holidays or obligations in the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 semester that may pose potential conflicts for observant students.

The Jewish holidays that may pose potential scheduling conflicts begin at sundown on the first day listed and end at nightfall of the last day shown:

September 6-8                                                        Rosh Hashanah

September 15-16                                                     Yom Kippur

September 20-22                                                    Sukkot Opening Days

September 27-29                                                     Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

April 15-17                                                                 Passover Opening Days

April 21-23                                                                Passover Closing Days

June 4-6                                                                    Shavuot

Additionally, the Sabbath/Shabbat is celebrated each Friday at sundown though Saturday at nightfall.

The dates this fall that may present a conflict for Muslim students are:

July 9-July 13                                                           Eid al Adha

Baha’i students may require observance on the following days:

November 7                                                              Birth of Baha’u’llah

November 25                                                            Day of the Covenant

November 27                                                            Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

The dates this fall that may present a conflict for Hindu students are:

October 15                                                                 Dasara

November 4                                                              Diwali

Additional holiday information can be found on the Interfaith Calendar and Jewish Holidays websites.

Have suggestions?

If you have suggestions of resources we might add to these pages, please contact us:

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