August 28, 2008

TO:                  All Faculty and Instructional Staff, College of LS&A

FROM:            Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean

RE:                  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 resolving student issues.  Please call us, e-mail, or stop by our offices in the Newnan Academic Advising Center in 1255 Angell Hall.

            I especially want to encourage you to contact the Advising Center whenever you have student concerns.  It is especially important to let us know when a student is frequently absent or if you have reason to believe there are issues interfering with the student’s academic performance. You can use the  Undergraduate Student Progress Report to alert us to poor academic performance at any point in the semester.  Sending us a report as soon as you recognize problems will allow for more timely resolution.  You can submit the report 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/studentacademicaffairs

           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 22nd 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, September 29, is the deadline for submitting incomplete work from Winter, Spring, or Summer 2008 courses graded as Incomplete.  The late drop deadline is Friday, November 7.  The Fall Study Break is on Monday/Tuesday, October 20/21. 

            Cases of alleged academic misconduct should be referred to the Assistant Dean’s office.  Please refer to the website for Academic Integrity in the College of LSA at:

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/academicintegrity/

           You should feel free to have a conversation with us before making a decision about whether to bring charges.  Also, I encourage you to remind students of your expectations that everyone will act with integrity, and to 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.

            Best wishes for a successful semester!

 


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