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These Common Syllabus Components were approved by the Academic Governing Council (AGC) on April 23, 2013, and updated by the AGC in February 2022.  The next formal review will occur during the 2024-25 academic year.

Accessing Curriculum Documents

Please use the GRCC Catalog to access the current Curriculum Documents for the Course Description and Course Outcomes. You will need to use the drop down menu on the top of the GRCC Catalog page to access the GRCC Curriculum Database.  Once you have accessed the GRCC Curriculum Database, click on Courses to find a specific Course Document.

General Information

  • Instructor Name
  • Name, Title

Contact Information and Availability

  • Preferred method of contact
  • Office Location
  • Office Hours (if applicable)
  • Phone (if applicable)
  • GRCC E-mail Address

Course Information

  • Course name and number
  • Course description (from Curriculum Document and GRCC College Catalog)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Use Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) and Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) Competencies from the Curriculum Document

Required Materials

  • Textbook including ISBN
  • course packs
  • other supplies

Course-Specific Requirements

  • Background check
  • off-campus trips
  • other requirements

Section Policies

Course Attendance Policy

Grading Procedure

  • Assessment breakdown
    • including Assignments
    • Point Values
    • Percentage of Total Grade
      • Example: 25% Quizzes, 75% Papers

Grading Policy

  • How final grade is calculated (e.g. 75% = C)
  • Note any special treatment of grades (e.g. lowest quiz score dropped).

Late Assignment Policy

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College Policies

14 Day Absence Rule

When a student has not attended a course during a 14 calendar day period, this absence is reported by faculty to the institution, and this report would initiate a withdrawal of that student from said class. Faculty do not need to report an absence when a student is in communication and there is a shared understanding on how that student is making progress in the course.

GRCC Email and Course Communications

You are responsible for all communications sent via Blackboard and to your GRCC email account.  You are required to use your GRCC provided email account for all email communications at the College.  You may access your GRCC student email account through Student Email ( and your Blackboard account through Blackboard (

Disability Support Services

If you need an accommodation for a disability, contact Disability Support Services ( in Room 368 of the Student Center or at (616) 234-4140 to discuss disability documentation and how to register. You will be assigned a DSS counselor/advisor who will create an Accommodations Agreement that you will present to me and we will work together to provide you the appropriate accommodations. If you believe that you have a disability but do not have documentation, contact DSS to discuss options.

Student Code of Conduct

You are held accountable to the Student Code of Conduct (, which outlines expectations pertaining to academic honesty (including cheating and plagiarism), classroom conduct and general conduct.

Title IX Reporting Policy

If you or another student are the victim of any form of sexual misconduct (including dating/domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment), or any form of gender discrimination, you can report a violation of our sexual misconduct policy ( directly to our Title IX Coordinator at (616) 234-3924.  You may also report the issue to a faculty member, who is required to notify the Coordinator, or you may make an appointment to speak confidentially to our Counseling and Career Development by calling (616) 234-4130.

GRCC Police/Emergency Resources

You may review emergency services and resources at the GRCC Police website ( or the Campus Safety website ( GRCC Police can be reached using the 'Code 2' button on any campus phone or by dialing x4911 on campus or (616) 234-4911 off campus.  Dial 911 for off campus emergencies.

Changes to the Syllabus

I reserve the right to change the contents of this syllabus due to unforeseen circumstances. You will be given notice of relevant changes in class, through a Blackboard Announcement, or through GRCC email.

Student Resources

If you need help with resources for food, housing, and/or financial assistance please visit the Get Help website (


When developing your syllabus, please also remember to:

  • Add course/instructor specific implications of Student Code of Conduct violations.
  • Include any mandatory course components or assessments the department has identified to be included in this course. Please contact the department and/or review the Course Document for this information.
  • Please create an accessible syllabus document to post for students on Blackboard. You may visit to view a tutorial video on creating an accessible syllabus.