Why Is My Syllabus Public?

Syllabi within the learning management system (LMS) have long been set to public as the default at the U of S. There are a number of reasons for this, including allowing students to view course syllabi prior to registering for courses.

We encourage you to leave your syllabi public for the benefit of students, and to help promote your course (think of your syllabus as the equivalent of the abstract in a journal article. With this in mind, please remember:

  • Do not include any copyrighted material within your syllabus (e.g. images)
  • Do not include contact information for anyone, such as your teaching assistants without their approval

Instructors, however, have always had the ability to change this setting on a course-by-course basis, if they wish. See the video below on changing this setting for your courses within Canvas.