Letter to Faculty and Instructional Staff: September 7, 2005

September 7, 2005




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 with your questions.

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 26th 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 3, is the deadline for submitting incomplete work from Winter, Spring, or Summer 2005 terms. The late drop deadline is November 11. Also, Fall Study Break falls on Monday/Tuesday, October 17/18.

The LS&A Academic Judiciary Manual of Procedures is also on our website. 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.

Special note: our offices are temporarily located at 330 East Liberty and not in our usual space in Angell Hall; the mailing address, however, remains 1228 Angell Hall.

Even though we will face new challenges in our temporary offices, we are committed to meeting the needs of students and to serving as a resource for you. To make our services more accessible for students, we are expanding our satellite advising. In addition to the hours we’ve maintained in student residence halls and in campus learning centers, advisors will now be available most afternoons in the Undergraduate Library, in Dennison, and in Randall Lab near the physics help room. To encourage you to visit us in our Liberty location, we will hold an open house later this month. Look for an invitation coming to your inbox soon.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call me. Best wishes for a successful academic year!


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