Syllabus Policy

At the beginning of each semester, faculty members must send to Kerrie Bacon an electronic copy of the syllabus for each class they are teaching, including course policies. This is one means by which the law school complies with ABA Accreditation Standard 404, Responsibilities of Full-Time Faculty (195 KB PDF).

Every course syllabus should contain the following:

  1. A statement of the faculty member's attendance policies for each course, in accord with our Class Attendance Policy.
  2. A statement about email addresses of the class:
    • If communication is made through the e-mail list on MyWashburn:
      Your Washburn University e-mail address will be the official address used during the semester. If you prefer to use an alternate email address, you can access your MyWashburn email account, choose the Options tab, and select Auto Forward to forward your email.
    • If email communication is made through D2L:
      E-mails to the class will be made on D2L. Please promptly register, supplying the email address you prefer to use.
  3. A statement about accommodations for impaired students:

    Washburn University School of Law strives to assure equal access and full participation by persons with disabilities. If you require services because of a disability, you may notify Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, in Room 104C, or by email ( This voluntary self-identification allows the University to prepare any necessary and appropriate support services to facilitate your learning.

    Any requests for exam accommodations should be directed to Dean Dempsey-Swopes and must be made at least nine (9) weeks prior to the exam to allow adequate time to document and process the request. See Disability Accommodations at:
  4. A statement about non-discrimination policies by including either:
  5. A statement of the course objectives and goals (see learning outcomes).

    It should be clear from the face of the syllabus and the schedule of assignments how the goals will be assessed. For example, if the objectives and goals statement indicates that students will learn how to research relevant regulations, then it would be reasonable to expect to see a research project assigned during the course or some other exercise that requires students to use relevant regulations.

Additionally, please complete and submit the ABA Standard 310 Faculty Review of Credit Hours for Coursework form (21 KB PDF) with your syllabus. For distance education courses, please instead complete the ABA Standard 306 Faculty Review of Distance Education Coursework.

(revised: July 17, 2023)