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Installation of Chancellor Staton, UNC BOG Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient Patricia Clark, group of Living-Learning Community students
Photo Information: Left - Installation of Chancellor Cecil Staton March 24, 2017; Middle - 2017 UNC BOG Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient Patricia Clark of the School of Theatre and Dance; Right - group of students in the Living-Learning Community housed in Garrett Residence Hall

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 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
  • Handout: "Writing Intensive Designation and University Writing Portfolio Syllabus Statements"
  • 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), but let us know if you can't get into Blackboard using your pirateid because you are required to take several quizzes and need to be able to sign in as yourself.
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 and