Dear ME Faculty,
Please see below important information for the Fall (dates, policies, general information).
Thank you and have a lovely semester.
The ME Administration and The ME Student Services Office
|Academic & Administrative Holiday||Monday, Sept. 5, 2016|
|Enrollment Advising||~Mid October|
|Academic & Administrative Holiday||Friday, Nov. 11, 2016|
|Non-Instruction Day||Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016|
|Academic & Administrative Holiday||Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016|
|Academic & Administrative Holiday||Friday, Nov. 25, 2016|
|Formal Classes End||Friday, Dec. 2, 2016|
|RRR Week||Dec. 5th - Dec. 9th|
|Last Day of Instruction||Friday, Dec. 9, 2016|
|Final Exams||Dec. 12th - Dec. 16th|
|Fall Semester Ends||Friday, Dec. 16, 2016|
The deadline for Fall 2016 room requests is Wednesday, August 31 by 5pm. Final outcomes will be sent by Friday, September 9th.
Dear Campus Community,
We call your attention to important campus policies and guidelines concerning the academic calendar, academic integrity, various accommodations for students, RRR week, commencement, and final exams. Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities and faculty should follow these policies when setting dates for assignments, granting extensions, etc. If you have additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and have a great semester.
Carol Christ, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Robert Powell, 2016-17 Chair, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate
If you would like to hold your midterms during the evening and not during your lecture time, please let Isabel Blanco know at least 30 days before your midterm to increase chances of getting a campus classroom.
Also, If instructors wish to want to hold a midterm at a time other than the scheduled class time, the COE strongly recommends that this information be available in the Notes section of the online schedule of classes at the time students are actually enrolling in classes. Students should be able to take this information into account when scheduling their courses.
All course instructors are required by campus to follow the exam guidelines at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/Default.aspx?PageID=finals.html.
In addition, the department would like to remind instructors that every exam (excluding take home exams), no matter what the situation, should be proctored by qualified personnel such as the instructor him/herself, a course GSI, or an academic colleague. It is our policy that ME Staff should not serve as proctors.
It is also our policy that each student be given a proper space to take the exam. This space should provide a reasonable level of quiet, privacy and comfort for the student. In the case of disability accommodations, the space must also meet the criteria listed in the student’s Letter of Accommodation (listed in the Faculty/Proxy Portal (https://dssonline.berkeley.edu/scarab/faculty/). Classrooms and conference rooms are ideal spaces.
Please keep in mind that inequity in requirements between possible exam spaces, environments, and proctors could pose pedagogical issues that may certainly lead to grade grievances.
Information regarding campus grade and credit code definitions can be found at http://guide.berkeley.edu/academic-policies/#gradestext.
Information regarding the repetition of grades can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/academic-records/grades.
Information about the removal of incomplete grades can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/academic-records/grades.
The Office of the Dean of Students in collaboration with the Tang Center's Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) distributed campus-wide the Gold Folder Faculty/Staff Reference to Assist Students in Distress and facilitated in-person trainings. The Gold Folder is designed as a quick reference guide to help faculty and staff identify signs of an emotionally distressed student and access appropriate resources to help themselves, the student, and the campus community.
A web version of The Gold Folder can be found at http://uhs.berkeley.edu/goldfolder/.
As a new school year is beginning, please take a few minutes to re-review our FERPA rules and regulations at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/academic-policies-procedures/ferpa. Please be aware that if you are planning to pubically release student information (SIDs on homeworks, for example), you must attain waivers from your students (aka "The Buckley Waiver").