Syllabus Design

The following are best practices and UofT policies related to course syllabi; some of these include suggested wording for your syllabus.
AccessAbility statement –
Suggested statement for your syllabus: "Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the AccessAbility Services Office as soon as possible.
AccessAbility Services staff (located in Rm AA142, Arts and Administration Building) are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations 416-287-7560 or email The sooner you let us know your needs the quicker we can assist you in achieving your learning goals in this course."
Academic Integrity - Suggested statement for your syllabus:
"The University treats cases of cheating and plagiarism very seriously.  The University of Toronto’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (http://www.governingcouncil. outlines the behaviours that constitute academic dishonesty and the processes for addressing academic offences.
Potential offences in papers and assignments include using someone else’s ideas or words without appropriate acknowledgement, submitting your own work in more than one course without the permission of the instructor, making up sources or facts, obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on any assignment.
On tests and exams cheating includes using or possessing unauthorized aids, looking at someone else’s answers during an exam or test, misrepresenting your identity, or falsifying or altering any documentation required by the University, including (but not limited to) doctor’s notes."
Academic Handbook (Dean’s Office, UTSC) -
Appropriate Use of Technology -
Copyright -
Developing a Course Syllabus (CTSI) -
Equity - Universtiy Policy (UTSC Academic Handbook,Section IX) -
Illness Verification Form –
Intellectual Property (CTSI) - - “Recording or photographing any aspect of a university course - lecture, tutorial, seminar, lab, studio, practice session, field trip etc. – without prior approval of all involved and with written approval from the instructor is not permitted. For further information on University policies, please refer to the following links for details.
Privacy -
Strategies for Instructors for Laptops in the Classroom - UTSC
Turnitin (Plagiarism Detection Software) - If instructors plan to use Turnitin in their course(s), they must insert this statement in their syllabus:
"Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the service are described on the web site."