Undergraduate Student Academic Policies Fall 2013 (August 30, 2013)

Dear LSA Faculty and Instructional Staff,

I am writing to welcome all instructors to the start of a new academic year. As always, the return of students to campus represents an exciting time of year. The Office of Student Academic Affairs offers instructors a broad range of support in the shared goal of creating a rewarding learning environment for students across the College. We recognize that many positive experiences will occur this semester, but we also know that challenges may emerge as the semester progresses. At any point in the term, please feel free to contact the Office of the Assistant Dean at 764-7297 if you have any questions about student-related issues.

To help instructors understand College policies and procedures, the Office of Student Academic Affairs produces an annual
Handbook for Faculty and Instructional Staff. This handbook provides detailed information about College policies on attendance, exams, grading, and a range of other topics relevant to instructors in LSA. Of special note is the Final Examination Period. The LSA Faculty Code states: “The official examination schedule should be followed; and the instructor may not depart from the schedule” as set by the Registrar’s Office. Changes to the official final exam time for your course can cause scheduling difficulties for students and may hinder their ability to be prepared for exams.

An important role of the Office of the Assistant Dean is to promote Academic Integrity in the College of LSA. All cases of alleged academic misconduct should be referred to our attention. Please contact our office (764-7297 or lsajudicial@umich.edu) to discuss available options when confronted with possible academic integrity issues. As a positive first step in this direction, I encourage you to openly discuss your expectation that all coursework will be completed with integrity, and to reinforce that message along with the possible outcomes for academic misconduct on your course syllabus.

To help instructors meet the needs of students with verified disabilities, the College operates the LSA Testing Accommodation Center (TAC). The TAC provides space for students who need special accommodations to complete an exam or other assignment as well as guidance for instructors on how to meet these needs at the classroom level.

In the next few weeks you will receive information regarding the Undergraduate Student Progress Report, which will require you to submit information on the academic progress of students, particularly those students that are not performing well. This is an important tool that academic advisors routinely use to help guide students in their decision making about their academic work.

Finally, please note the following important dates:



Monday, September 23 

Last day of the regular drop/add period
Last day to elect a course with the pass/fail

Monday, September 30

Deadline to submit Incomplete work for Winter 2013

Friday, November 8 

Final late drop deadline

October 14 and 15 

Fall Study Break

November 28 and 29

Thanksgiving Recess

It may be helpful to save a copy of this message so that you have the links to our many on-line resources, as well as contact information for LSA Student Academic Affairs. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes for a successful semester!

Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Executive Director of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center


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