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January 11, 2010

To:                LSA Faculty and Instructional Staff

From:            Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean

Greetings and welcome back to the Winter 2010 term after what I hope was a pleasant holiday break.  Once again, this memo serves as a gentle reminder of College policies and relevant information.

The last day for students to drop or add classes without getting permission, as well as to elect a course pass/fail is Tuesday, January 26, 2010.  The student deadline for finishing incomplete work from last semester is Tuesday, February 2nd

Last September, we highlighted the potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus on campus.  Even though the number of students with the H1N1 virus during the fall term was small, relatively speaking, there is speculation that we are not out of the woods just yet.  We still feel this winter term could result in serious disruption in the instructional process, i.e., class attendance or instructor illness, or interruption of instruction. Should your class be disrupted in any way this year by an outbreak of the H1N1 virus, please contact me.  You may also go to the following website for more information:  http://www.lsa.umich.edu/facstaff/studentacademicaffairs.

For students completing their sophomore year this is an important term because it is typically when they make major decisions.  Don’t be surprised if these students look to you for advice about your department’s majors and minors. It may be helpful to check with your department advisor for major information to pass on to students.  The annual Major Fair is also a good opportunity for students to learn about the various LSA majors and minors. The Fair is scheduled on Wednesday, March 17, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Michigan Union Ballroom located on the second floor.

The 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium is in full swing; you may want to highlight events, as appropriate, in your classes. See the following website: http://mlksymposium.umich.edu for more information.  No regular classes are scheduled on Monday, January 18th.

In addition, you may want to draw students’ attention to activities related to the current LSA theme year, “Meaningful Objects: Museums in the Academy,” and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.  See:  http://www.lsa.umich.edu/museumstheme/ and http://aareads.aadl.org/ for more detailed information.

Among the primary responsibilities of the Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs is the oversight of the academic judiciary processes in the College.  For additional information, please refer to our academic integrity web site at:  http://www.lsa.umich.edu/academicintegrity .

As always, we in Student Academic Affairs are available to help clarify issues regarding student concerns or academic policy.  Don’t hesitate to call us or email us with inquiries.

 

Best wishes for a successful term.

 

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