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Undergraduate Students:

With the existence of a Syllabus Bank, undergraduate students may… 

  • Find courses based on topics of interest

  • Access a course syllabus for self-directed learning

  • Find a faculty member to potentially research for

  • Explore additional recommended academic literature for a senior capstone or thesis

  • Find readings from a course taken in the past to use for a current academic paper or project

  • Not have to wait a semester/year to see a syllabus, should they determine they want to take a certain course in the future (or preview a required course)

  • Reduce gaps among students that do vs. do not have prior knowledge—through student networks—of Duke's undergraduate courses


With the existence of a Syllabus Bank, faculty may… 

  • Identify adjacent courses, or courses on related topics, across departments

  • Gain general familiarity with courses offered by colleagues, which may prove particularly useful for newer faculty members

  • Discover useful language to inform their own syllabi, such as class attendance or participation policy, assignment structure, etc.

  • Consult syllabi of prior version(s) of a course if a faculty member takes over responsibility for said course

  • Review syllabi of existing courses to avoid replication, if they're hoping to establish a new course

Last updated: October 10, 2021



This is an adaptation of “Use Cases” (on Harvard Syllabus Explorer) by Harvard University (2016), and is used under a CC BY-SA 4.0 licence, with modifications made to the original source.

By using the Duke Syllabus Bank linked above, you agree to the Acceptable Use Policy below!


This outlines Duke University’s policy for acceptable use of the Duke Syllabus Bank (the “Site”),, by students, faculty, staff, and other appropriately authenticated users. By using the Site, you are agreeing to comply with the Acceptable Use Policy outlined below, and to the monitoring of your actions and activity whilst utilizing the Site.

Subject to the remainder of this Acceptable Use Policy:

  • If you are a student, you may use the Site solely for your educational purposes.

  • If you are an instructor or staff member, you may use the Site solely in connection with your teaching and administration of Duke courses, as well as for your Duke research.


You may download a small number (approximately 10 per semester) of syllabi from the Site (“Syllabi”) for personal use in accordance with the foregoing. However, you may not publish, transfer, distribute, or otherwise share the Syllabi, nor may you provide others access to the Site through your credentials. Any commercial use of the Site or Syllabi is strictly prohibited.

If you borrow ideas, information or text from any of the Syllabi in your work, you must follow the same standards of attribution you would for any other scholarly works authored by Duke faculty. If you wish to use a Syllabus in a way that goes beyond what is permitted under this Acceptable Use Policy, you should contact the author or appropriate rightsholder.

You may not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities—including scraping, data mining, data extraction, and data harvesting—on or in relation to the Site, and may not download, screenshot, copy, or collect a substantial number of Syllabi by any means or for any purpose.

You may not use the Site or Syllabi in any way that causes, or may cause, damage, of the Site; or in any way that impairs its availability or accessibility; or in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful; or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.

Any violation of this Acceptable Use Policy—or other institutional policies, such as the Duke Community Standard, as related to the Site—may lead to disciplinary action.

This Acceptable Use Policy may be modified by Duke University from time to time. In the case of modification, the modified Policy will be posted here with a “Last updated” date.

Last updated: October 10, 2021


This Acceptable Use Policy is an adaptation of “Acceptable Use Policy” (on Harvard Syllabus Explorer) by Harvard University (2016), and is used under a CC BY-SA 4.0 licence, with modifications made to the original source.

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