Whose Responsibility Is It?

My first syllabus had two signature lines – one for the student, one for the parent. The idea was that they would read it, contact me with any questions, and then sign to indicate that they understood the expectations. The syllabus was returned to me and kept on file as evidence of parent contact.

The problem with this was that after a few weeks passed, nobody remembered what was on the syllabus! So I added a dotted line above the signatures and asked students to keep the syllabus at home and return just the signatures.┬áThe problem with that was that I had no way to show what had originally been signed – and quite often, the syllabus was lost anyway.

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