ERIC Number: EJ1063791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
A Legal Analysis and Contrarian View of the Syllabus-as-Contract Perspective
Kaufmann, Kent D.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v26 n2 p177-197 2015
Despite the claim made in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) literature for over two decades that a syllabus is a contract, the courts have uniformly ruled that it is not. While there is no harm in thinking one's syllabus is a contract, there may be legal risk in proclaiming it so. The author provides an analysis of the syllabus-as-contract dilemma as well as a review of the legal precedents. Best practices from contract drafting are applied to syllabus creation to enhance teaching and learning and minimize the legal risks of student grievances.
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Legal Problems, Contracts, Best Practices, Educational Benefits, Instructional Effectiveness
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