Start of Term Information

Fall 2019

Classes begin Tuesday, September 3, and the course registration deadline is Monday, September 9

Canvas Sites Please make sure that your Canvas websites are ready for students as they explore courses. We've built into all Canvas sites new information about resources for academic support, along with information about academic integrity. Academic Technology for FAS can help with your site and any other technology you might need for your course.

The Honor Code Please communicate to your students the importance of academic integrity and explain to them your policies about collaboration. Canvas provides template language for this, or you can write your own. Should you want guidance in doing so, you can visit the Honor Code website or contact the staff of the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct.

Reading Period, Final Exams, Projects Please recall that the Faculty voted in 2014 to limit the kind of work that can be assigned during Period and to stagger the timing of final exams and projects during Finals Period. You can find the full text of this legislation in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Information for Faculty.

Accommodations and the Accessible Education Office (AEO) We are committed to ensuring that all of our students can participate fully in the life of the University. Among other things, this means ensuring equal access to all educational opportunities. The AEO works with our students (and others, as appropriate) to determine what accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in a particular class. Please make sure that you comply fully with all AEO recommendations. At the same time, please do not offer your own accommodations to students who do not present you with an AEO letter (except in the case of emergent, temporary, and visible injury, say, a broken wrist).

Classroom to Table Classroom to Table (C2T) is a program that fosters conversation and connection between faculty and students outside of the classroom by providing funding for gatherings over lunch. Our funding is limited, so we encourage interested faculty to reserve early, as soon as the website opens. Please stay tuned for more information.

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning can help you in a number of ways as you launch the semester. The Center's instructional design specialists would be happy to meet with you and help to put the finishing touches on your syllabus or assignment ideas, while its graduate programming team can organize workshops for your teaching staff on how to structure an effective section, how to teach difficult material, or how to respond effectively to student work. Later in the term the Center would be happy to help you collect early feedback from students, or to observe you or your teaching fellows and offer confidential consultations on your teaching.