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Photo Information: The cupola on ECU's campus is a double-sized replica of the domed roof structure that once crowned the top of the original Austin Building, one of the first buildings constructed on campus which was used for classrooms and administrative offices. It was torn down in 1969.
Learn more about the cupola.

Syllabus Guidelines and Information

East Carolina University

Whether you're a seasoned faculty member with many syllabi in your files or a beginning faculty member preparing  your first syllabus, please check out the information provided here about the syllabus at ECU.

ECU faculty members submit copies of their syllabi to their departmental offices and distribute copies in paper or electronic form to all students at the beginning of the term. The PowerPoint presentation and "Course Syllabus Example including DE suggestions" accessible below provide information that should be useful to you.

Every ECU course has a corresponding Blackboard site as part of the ECU Continuity of Instruction Plan. A link to that information is provided in the PowerPoint presentation, as well as information about University policies concerning grading, attendance, disability support, weather and emergency statements, academic integrity, and more. Information about book requisitions is in the Business Services portion of this site. You can find the academic calendar at The calendar also includes the exam schedule.  Although some units use common grading scales, most leave grading scales and attendance policies to the individual faculty  member. To learn more about academic policies and the new eligibility standards for undergraduate students, visit the Faculty Manual at and the undergraduate catalog section on Academic Regulations at

Please take a few minutes to review
  • PowerPoint presentation: "The Course Syllabus: a Guide for Student Success" and
  • Handout: "Course Syllabus Example including DE Suggestions
  • Example syllabi can also be viewed on the NFO Blackboard site (sign in to Blackboard at using newfaculty for both the pirateid and passphrase if NFO Orientation doesn't show up on your Blackboard course list)
At orientation we will also share information about UDL (Universal Design for Learning), as well as information on making materials accessible to students with learning differences. You may want to visit