To propose a new course within your unit, proposals must be submitted to the College Curriculum Committee by the proposal submission deadline for each meeting. Please submit course proposals using the UW Curriculum Management (UW CM) system. This system supports the submission of new course and course change applications. For assistance with the UW CM system, contact Michelle Hall (College or the Environment, Curriculum Committee), your unit’s curriculum coordinator or curriculum committee chair, or the UW Curriculum Office.

After proposals have been approved by the College Curriculum Committee, they are forwarded on to the University Curriculum Review Committee for final review. In reviewing the proposal, the College Curriculum Committee will consider the following:

  • Is the course duplicative?
  • Were all affected units consulted and approvals and acknowledgments of chairs/directors of affected units secured?
  • Does the course justification discuss how the course is distinct from and related to others?
  • Does the course require new resources or additional space/facilities?
  • Does this course or program have demonstrated demand to have sufficient enrollment?
  • Is the course appropriate to the department, College, and University curriculum?
  • Are the learning goals clear?
  • Do the title and catalog course description accurately reflect course content?
  • Is the number of course credits appropriate for the amount of work required? Is the level of the course appropriate for the content?
  • Should this course have both an undergraduate and graduate number? See policy on 400-500 level parallel courses.
  • Is the syllabus clear and complete?
  • Does the syllabus include the following:
    • detailed schedule (with readings) of lectures, labs, and discussion sections
    • explanation of how the labs and discussion sections are related to the lectures
    • key student projects, assignments, and other required activities (quizzes, exams, papers)
    • how students will be evaluated (note that in classes with both 400 and 500 level listings, there should be a clear distinction between the undergraduate and graduate evaluation criteria)
    • statement about disability accommodation (see below)
    • statement about academic integrity (see below)

Syllabus Guidelines

Syllabus Statement Samples

The following language on accommodation, conduct and safety is provided for inclusion in all College of the Environment course syllabi.  Please note that information on religious accommodation is required by State law, whereas all other information is strongly advised by the Office of the Registrar and the College.

Religious Accommodation

Required syllabus language provided by the Office of the Registrar:

“Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy ( Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (”

Disability Accommodation

See the College of the Environment Disability Accommodation Policy and Sample Syllabus Disability Accommodation Statement.

Academic Integrity

“The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable. We expect that you will know and follow university policies on cheating and plagiarism.

Acts of academic misconduct include:

  • Cheating:
    • unauthorized assistance in person and/or online for assignments, quizzes, tests or exams
    • using another student’s work without permission and instructor authorization
    • allowing anyone to take a course, assignment or exam for you without instructor authorization
  • Falsification: intentional use of falsified data, information or records
  • Plagiarism: representing the work of others as your own without giving appropriate credit to the original author(s)
  • Unauthorized collaboration: working with each other on assignments without permission
  • Engaging in behavior prohibited by an instructor
  • Multiple submissions of the same work in different courses without instructor permission
  • Deliberately damaging or destroying student work to gain advantage
  • Unauthorized recording, and/or subsequent dissemination of instructional content

Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to university regulations. For more information, see the College of the Environment’s Academic Misconduct Policy and the Community Standards and Student Conduct website.”


“If you feel unsafe or at-risk in any way while taking any course, contact SafeCampus, 206-685-7233 anytime—no matter where you work or study—to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others. SafeCampus can provide individualized support, discuss short- and long-term solutions, and connect you with additional resources when requested.  For a broader range of resources and assistance see the Husky Health & Well-Being website.”

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