March 14, 2008
The Syllabus Becomes a Repository of Legalese
As dos and don'ts get added, some professors cry 'enough'
The syllabus for a course on American literature at the University of South Alabama seems pretty routine at first glance. It includes among its required readings, for instance, The Great Gatsby and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
But near the bottom of Page 3 is something not related to course work — a detailed clause on classroom behavior: "Students are expected to arrive on time, not to leave early, not