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 new system supports the submission of new course and course change applications (except for DL renewals and course drops, which should be processed via paper forms until further notice). 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.

For proposals requiring paper forms, send signed originals of the required form and one copy of supporting materials to:

College of the Environment
Curriculum Committee
Box 355355

And email electronic copies of the form and supporting materials to:

Please submit both signed originals and electronic versions by the College Curriculum Committee deadlines. After proposals have been approved by the College Curriculum Committee, they are forwarded on to the University Curriculum Review Committee for final review. In considering the proposal, the College Curriculum Committee will consider the following:

  • Is the course duplicative?
  • Were all affected units consulted and signatures 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?
  • Is the syllabus clear and complete? (For detailed information on creating a course syllabus see the Center for Instructional Development and Research’s “Planning the Course Syllabus.”)
  • 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 accommodations (see below)
    • statement about academic conduct (see below)

Syllabus Statement Samples

Disability Accommodations

Take a look at a sample disability statement. To request academic accommodations due to a disability, contact:

Disability Resources for Students
448 Schmitz
206-543-8924 (V/TTY)

If you have a letter from that office indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, present the letter to the instructor so that we can discuss the accommodations needed for the class.

Sample Academic Conduct Statement

At the University level, passing anyone else’s scholarly work (which can include written material, exam answers, graphics or other images, and even ideas) as your own, without proper attribution, is considered academic misconduct.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of the University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478‐120). We expect that you will know and follow university policies on cheating and plagiarism. 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.