Memo to Faculty and Instruction Staff, March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

TO:         LSA Faculty and Instructional Staff

FROM:   Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean         

 

I am writing to provide you with important information and to remind you of next week's late-drop deadline and other important upcoming dates.

The late-drop deadline is Friday, March 19. Within a few days, all undergraduate LSA students will receive a reminder of this deadline. We hope you will use this time to assess the progress of your students and inform those who may be at academic risk. You may complete an online Progress Report for those students by going to http://www.lsa.umich.edu/facstaff/studentacademicaffairs/studentprogressreports and following the directions. 

After the late-drop deadline, permission to drop individual courses is granted only for students with extenuating circumstances.  The possibility of failing the course is not considered a sufficient reason for withdrawal after March 19.  If a student has decided to petition to drop after the late-drop deadline, you may be asked to provide information concerning the student’s performance in your course.  This information could help determine whether an incomplete grade might be a reasonable option or whether an exception to the deadline should be granted. 

A grade of Incomplete should only be granted if the student makes the request and the instructor agrees to it.  Students receiving Incompletes should have a majority of the coursework completed; it is also assumed that the student was earning a passing grade at the time the Incomplete was arranged.  If a student stops attending class but does not officially withdraw and does not request an Incomplete, the appropriate grade to post is NR [No Report].

Early registration for LSA undergraduates for Spring, Summer, Spring/Summer, and Fall Terms begins on April 5.  Student Pre-Registration Backpacking begins on March 24. The Online Schedule of Classes is posted at: http://ro.umich.edu/schedule.  The LSA Course Guide for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2010 is posted at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/cg/.   You can seize this opportunity to inform students of your department’s offerings for spring, summer, and fall.  Identifying follow-up courses to the one you are currently teaching is especially useful.  This is also a time when students, particularly sophomores, are making major decisions.  Being ready to engage your students in conversations about your specialty will assist them with their decisions. You might also urge students to attend the LSA Major Fair on Wednesday, March 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

Final exams, which begin on April 22 and end April 29, should be given at the scheduled time as listed by the Registrar (http://ro.umich.edu/exams/). The LSA Faculty Code (B4.01) does not permit changing the date of an officially scheduled final exam by class vote or any other means. For students with a religious-academic conflict, please see: http://www.provost.umich.edu/calendar/religious_holidays.html.

The Office of Student Academic Affairs and the LSA Advising Center (764-0332) can provide assistance to your teaching effort. We welcome your questions about academic policy and procedures and are happy to assist you when student issues arise.  Please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Esrold A. Nurse, PhD
Assistant Dean, Student Academic Affairs
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI  48109.


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