Faculty Announcements - Fall 2015

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

Important Dates

Academic and Administrative Holiday                                                         Monday, Sept. 7 2015
Fall 2015 Room Requests Due                                                                  Wednesday, Sept. 2 2015

New Course Submissions/Current Course Revisions Due for Spring 2015       Thursday, Oct. 1 2015
Ugrad Drop-In Advising Day                                                                       Thursday, Oct. 15 2015
Faculty Ugrad Tele-BEARS Advising                                                            Friday, Oct. 16 2015 - Thursday, Oct. 22 2015
Academic and Administrative Holiday                                                         Wednesday, Nov. 11 2015
Non-Instructional Day                                                                               Wednesday, Nov.  25 2015
Academic and Administrative Holiday                                                         Thursday, Nov. 26 2015 - Friday, Nov. 27 2015
Formal Classes End                                                                                   Friday, Dec. 4 2015
Reading/Review/Recitation Week                                                                Monday, Dec. 7 2015 - Friday, Dec. 11 2015
Last Day of Instruction                                                                              Friday, Dec. 11 2015
Final Examinations                                                                                   Monday, Dec. 14 2015 - Friday, Dec. 18 2015
Fall Semester Ends                                                                                   Friday, Dec. 18 2015


The complete Academic Calendar can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/CalendarDisp.aspx?terms=current.

The Student Calendar can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/current_students/registration_enrollment/stucal.html.




Fall 2015 Room Requests

The last day to make room scheduling requests for the Fall 2015 semester is Wednesday September 2nd.  Please send all of your requests to Isabel Blanco at miblanco@berkeley.edu.  Thank you.

Important Course Information

As of Fall 2015, students will no longer able to substitute MSE 113+E45 for ME 108 (unless you are already enrolled in MSE 113 in the Fall 2015 Semester).


Students are no longer able to petition to substitute CS 61A for Engineering 7.


Information on transitioning to the new E25/26/27 courses can be found at http://www.me.berkeley.edu/undergraduate/course-information/design-course-transition.

Mid-Term Examinations Held During Non-Lecture Times

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.





Departmental Policy: Sabbatical Leaves/Special Leave Requests

If you envision any sort of semester or year-long leave during the coming year, please contact Debra Chin (Academic Personnel). Sabbatical leave credits must be verified in advance.  The sabbatical/leave requests must be submitted one year in advance, no later than October 1st. of the academic year prior to the sabbatical/leave (no exceptions), in order to meet tight deadlines for course scheduling and temporary academic staffing budget decisions (TAS).


Please submit your Sabbatical/Leave requests in writing to the Department Chair via Vicky Garcia (Department Manager).  Your plan should include the purpose of the sabbatical/leave; your address if you plan to spend time away from Berkeley; if you are a Principal Investigator and need a substitute, i.e, (co-P.I.), the name of the substitute (co-P.I.).  If you will be receiving other income, state the amount and source, please remember you are not allowed to receive more than 100% of your academic salary.

The Department Chair and Vice Chair of Instruction will review all leave requests in November.  Approval is based on courses, academic staffing and other considerations.  Once approved please discuss your request with the Vice Chair of Instruction on how your graduate student advising will be covered.

Upon return from sabbatical leave, please submit a sabbatical leave report within 90 days. For details regarding this report's contents, please see Debra Chin.

Door Cards with Office Hour/Class Information for Fall 2015

Door card requests should be directed to Melissa Varian at m_varian@me.berkeley.edu.

New Course Submissions/Course Revisions

If you wish to create a new course or revise an existing one, all materials are due to Shareena Samson no later than Thursday, October 1st.


The following materials are required for new courses and revisions:

1.  A new course syllabus

2.  A sample weekly schedule for the course

3.  If the course will have a final project in lieu of a final, then a sample description of such project.

4.  If the course is a roomshare between an undergraduate and graduate course, a short explanation of how the student's work will differ depending on their status.


Please contact Shareena as soon as possible so she can provide you the appropriate materials and templates.

BCourse Support

BCourse Support can be found by contacting ETS.  You can find their information at https://www.ets.berkeley.edu/about/contact-us.

Temporary Leave Of Absence Form

The Temporary Leave of Absence Form can now be found here:  http://me.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/services/Leave%20of%20Absence.docx.

Departmental Exam Policies

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.


Reading, Review, & Recitation (RRR) Week & Final Exam Policies
Grading Policies/Repetition of Courses/Removal of Incomplete (I) Grades

Information regarding campus grade and credit code definitions can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/current_students/academic_records_transcripts/gradeskey.html.


Information regarding the repetition of grades can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/current_students/academic_records_transcripts/courserep.html.


Information about the removal of incomplete grades can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/current_students/academic_records_transcripts/igrades.html.


Reporting Academic Misconduct

If you wish to report a student for Academic Misconduct, the proper form can be found at http://sa.berkeley.edu/conduct/reporting/academic.

Student Disability Accommodation

Faculty responsibilities in regard to students with disabilities can be found here: http://dsp.berkeley.edu/facresponsibilities.html.


Additionally, an FAQ for instructors can be found at http://dsp.berkeley.edu/faq.html.


The Gold Folder/Helping Students In Distress

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/.


New Website Feedback

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