Letter to Faculty and Instructional Staff: August 29, 2006

August 29, 2006


All Faculty and Instructional Staff, College of LS&A


Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean


Undergraduate Student Issues

       Welcome to those of you new to the College; and to those of you returning, welcome back. I write to offer the support of the Office of Student Academic Affairs to your teaching effort. We are ready, as always, to answer questions about College policy or to help in handling student issues. Please call us, e-mail, or stop by our offices in the newly renovated Newnan Academic Advising Center in 1255 Angell Hall.

       I especially want to encourage you to contact the Advising Center whenever you have student concerns. Making contact is especially important if a student is frequently absent or if you have reason to believe there are issues interfering with the student’s academic life. You can use the Undergraduate Student Progress Report to alert us, and students, to poor academic performance at any point in the semester. This form is most helpful when received as soon as you see problems, and can be submitted online at our web site.

       Helpful information about students and College policy can be found on the web version of the Handbook for Faculty and Instructional Staff at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/facstaff/saa/. If your questions are not answered, we are always happy to discuss student issues with you by phone or in person.

       Please note the following important deadlines: Monday, September 25th is the last day of the regular drop/add period and the last day a student can choose to elect a course with the pass/fail option. Monday, October 2, is the deadline for submitting incomplete work from Winter, Spring, or Summer 2006 courses graded as Incomplete. The late drop deadline is November 10. Also, Fall Study Break falls on Monday/Tuesday, October 16/17.

       Please refer to the new website for Academic Integrity in the College of LSA at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/academicintegrity/. Cases of alleged academic misconduct should be referred to the Assistant Dean’s office. You are welcome to discuss a case with us before making a decision about whether to bring charges. At the same time, please remind students of your expectations that everyone will act with integrity, and reinforce that message on your syllabus.

       Save a copy of this message so that you have the links to on-line information resources, as well as the contact information for LSA Student Academic Affairs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call me. Finally, I would like to extend a special invitation to you to attend the Open House for the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center on Thursday, September 28th, from 4:00-6:00 pm. I hope to see you at the Open House.

       Best wishes for a successful academic year!


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