FACULTY SENATE GUIDELINES FOR SYLLABUS STANDARDS
On January 25th, 2012, the Rice Faculty Senate passed a motion on syllabus standards that requires all faculty members to provide, by the first day of class, a syllabus that includes the following information:
Instructor's name, office number, and e-mail address
Office hours or a statement of either an "open-door" policy or hours by appointment
Overall course objectives and expected learning outcomes
List of required texts
Special materials required for the class, if any
Number of required examinations and papers
Statement of expectations regarding course work and the Rice Honor Code
A statement encouraging any student with a disability that requires accommodation to contact both the course instructor and Disability Support Services in the Allen Center
The motion also noted that it is permissible to include a statement indicating that the information contained in the course syllabus, other than the absence policies, may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATES GUIDELINES FOR RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS
Both Rice's policy of non-discrimination on the basis of religion and our core values of diversity and inclusion require instructors to make reasonable accommodations to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements. Every reasonable effort should be made to allow members of the university community to observe their religious holidays without jeopardizing the fulfillment of their academic obligations. It is never acceptable for an instructor to compel a student to choose between religious observance and academic work. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent.
The Dean of Undergraduates, in partnership with the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, has produced a calendar of religious holidays so that faculty can work thoughtfully with students in resolving scheduling conflicts and/or providing accommodations for religious observances. This calendar includes the dates for most of the important religious celebrations of the major religions but is by no means a comprehensive list. A version of the calendar can be found at http://boniuk.rice.edu/RiceReligiousHoliday.
Rice Syllabus Maker
Fill out the form to receive a list of all the dates when your course will meet during the specified semester. Alternatively, you can download a syllabus template (in Word, LaTeX, or HTML formats) prepopulated with a class schedule and other required information (such as Honor Code and Disability Services statements). This application uses the academic calendars posted by the Registrar to determine when classes will be cancelled for holidays or University recesses.