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Faculty Teaching Handbook 2013-14



Your syllabus is viewed as a contract between you and your students. It is also the document used by your Dean or Chair to justify your policies to students. A syllabus template is provided here. A syllabus template for Learning Support classes is provided here.

  1. Your syllabus MUST include the following basic information:

    Instructor’s Name
    Class Time & Room
    Office & Office Hours: (Full-time faculty—10 hours/week for office hours OR part-time instructors—before and/or after class)
    Email (Please use your BC email account.)
    Phone (Part-time instructors can use the Division or School phone number.)

  2. Your syllabus must also include the common information that is listed below. Learning Support classes must have the common information listed here.

  3. Include language in your syllabus that reserves your right to make changes during the semester, such as "This syllabus is intended to provide structure for the semester and will be followed as closely as possible. However, the professor reserves the right to make changes as course needs arise." Then, if you need to make changes, make them to the benefit of the students, keeping in mind what is fair to them so that you place yourself in a legally defensible position.

  4. Upload your syllabus before classes start to the college website. Please be sure that the uploaded syllabus matches the syllabus distributed to your class.

  5. Include a Signature Statement for students to sign:

With my signature, I certify that I have read the syllabus and that I understand it is a contract between the instructor and me. I realize that I am responsible for my performance and progress in this class and that I need to talk with the instructor if I experience difficulties. I also understand that this class will require 2 to 3 hours a week of preparation outside class for each credit hour.

Signature______________________ Date ____________


Academic Dishonesty
Academic Freedom
Classroom Standards
Copyright and Fair Use
Deans, Chairs, Directors
Learning Support


  • required and option texts and supplies

  • course learning outcomes

  • policy on attendance if you have an attendance policy, accompanied by a withdrawal notice: Students who stop attending or who exceed the number of absences stated on this syllabus may be withdrawn from this class.

  • statement on withdrawal before midterm: Once the Drop/Add period has ended, a student may withdraw from a course by the designated midterm date published in the college calendar. Students who officially withdraw by the midterm date will receive a "W" grade for the term. The "W" grade is not computed in the student's grade point average but may affect a student's eligibility for financial aid. To officially withdraw from a course, students must file the appropriate paperwork with the Admissions & Records office. The deadline to drop/withdraw from classes with a course grade of “W” is the midpoint of the semester as published in the college calendar. Students cannot withdraw or be withdrawn from Learning Support classes and keep credit classes.

  • statement on withdrawal after midterm: Withdrawal after midterm will result in an automatic "WF" unless a "W" is approved by the instructor and the vice president for Academic Affairs for an non-academic hardship.

  • policy on grading and formula for grading

  • policy on late or missed work

  • ADA statement: The college is committed to providing accessibility to all students in accordance to ADA/504 guidelines. Students should contact Disabilities Services and Testing at 229-248-2579 regarding accessibility.

  • statement on incompletes: An “I” (incomplete) grade is available only for nonacademic reasons. A student must secure permission for an incomplete PRIOR to the ending of the semester. Students must complete the missed assignments/tests during the next semester or the grade becomes an “F” automatically. Students may not re-register for the class, and they must be able to finish the work without returning to the classroom.

  • a signature sheet for students to sign indicating they have read and understood the syllabus

  • tentative schedule, including college holidays, any professional leave, and final exam date (Note that final exams are given during final exam week at the same time that your class met. The final exam is not optional as it is counted as part of your scheduled classroom hours.

  • statement if you use Turnitin: Bainbridge College has a license agreement with, a service that helps prevent plagiarism by comparing student papers with Turnitin's database and Internet sources. Students who take this course agree that all required papers may be submitted to While student privacy is protected, papers submitted to Turnitin do become source documents in Turnitin's reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on Turnitin's website. Bainbridge College is committed to preserving academic integrity as defined by the Academic Integrity--Policies and Procedures. See the Student Handbook for honesty policies. (NOTE: Faculty must attend training in the CTE in order to use Turnitin.)

  • The following statement on academic dishonesty:


All cases of academic dishonesty are handled according to the procedures outlined in your Student Handbook under "Academic Integrity - Policies and Procedures."   See that section for the full explanation of the following policies.

Bainbridge College defines academic dishonesty in the following way:

  1. Receiving or providing unauthorized assistance for an academic course.
  2. Procuring or providing unauthorized material for an academic course.
  3. Reusing one's own work produced for another course.
  4. Plagiarizing.

Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in failure of the assignment and, depending upon the importance of the assignment and the egregiousness of the instance, may result in failure of the course and the assignment of an "FX" (failure due to academic dishonesty) to the student's record. The instructor will determine the nature of the infraction; however, the student has the right to appeal any infraction affecting his/her standing in the course through the appeals process, described in the Student Handbook.

  • Unintentional Academic Dishonesty: In a case of unintentional dishonesty—stemming from the student's lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of correct policies or procedures—a zero will be given for the assignment; however, the instructor may allow for the resubmission of the corrected assignment.
  • Intentional Academic Dishonesty:   Submitted work involving intentional academic dishonesty will receive a zero and cannot, under any circumstance, be resubmitted or replaced. An FX may result if the instructor determines the instance to be particularly egregious or detrimental to the student's academic standing in the course.
  • Two-Strike Clause: After having been notified of a first infraction, if the student cheats a second time, he or she will receive an FX for the course.
  • Retroactive FX: If a student is found to have engaged in academic dishonesty after a final grade has already been assigned, the institution retains the right to retroactively apply a grade of FX to the student's record.
  • Removal from Class for Academic Dishonesty: The instructor has the right to order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in academic dishonesty.

Office of Academic Affairs
Dr. Tonya Strickland, VPAA