Dear First-Year Advisors and Meiklejohns,
Next Tuesday, the 22th, is the end of the pre-registration period, and Thursday the 24th is the final day of scheduled classes. (Classes not observing Reading Period end on May 6.) This week's email is devoted to the University's final exam attendance policy; please refer students with questions or concerns to Deans Christopher Dennis, Kathleen McSharry, Ann Gaylin, or Carol Cohen.
Final Exam Attendance Policy
Final exams run from May 7-16. Unless a course does not have a scheduled final exam, students are required to sit for the exam at the designated time.
The Dean of the College Office is solely responsible for determining whether a student's absence from a final examination is excused. To ensure equitable treatment of all students, students are excused from exams only for family or medical emergencies. (Please note that travel plans are never an excuse for missing a final exam.) Deans Christopher Dennis, Kathleen McSharry, Ann Gaylin, and Carol Cohen are the deans authorized to grant exam excuses. In emergency situations, students must contact one of these deans, who will determine whether or not an exam excuse is warranted. Course instructors are notified of exam excuses granted by our office, and all make-ups are offered in the first few days of the upcoming semester.
Enjoy your last week of classes --
Carol Cohen and Ann Gaylin
Dear Transfer and RUE students:
This email contains important information for Transfer and RUE students about Brown's Writing Requirement, which you should have in mind as you consider your courses for Fall 2014.
Brown's Writing Requirement is described in detail -- with
special notes for students who transferred to Brown -- here. Beginning with the class of 2015, students who entered as
sophomores must demonstrate twice that they've worked on their writing;
entering juniors must do so at least once.
If you entered Brown as a sophomore and have a pre-Brown transfer credit in ENGL, LITR, or COLT on your internal record, you may use it to fulfill Part I of Brown's Writing Requirement; sophomores with no such course must take an approved course at Brown. If you entered Brown as a junior, you are exempt from Part I of Brown's Writing Requirement; ALL students must complete Part II.
Important note! After fulfilling each part, you must log into ASK's "Writing Requirement" tab to complete an online form.
Please contact either of us if you have any questions.
Your transfer deans,Deans Bhattacharyya and Cohen
Dear sophomore advisors,
Please see below an email we just sent to all 3rd and 4th semester students regarding the Writing Requirement. Thank you for helping your advisees with this important aspect of their Brown education, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
Ann Gaylin & Carol Cohen
Associate Deans of the College
for First-Year and Sophomore Studies
Subject: Pre-Reg and the Writing Requirement
As you consider your courses for next semester, remember that Brown requires all students to work on their writing twice--once in their first two years of study, and again in their junior or senior year. Students meet the first part of this requirement by completing any English, Comparative Literature, or Literary Arts course, as well as any of the hundred or so courses across the curriculum marked "WRIT." (If you are a transfer student, you may use a pre-Brown transfer credit in English, Literary Arts, or Comparative Literature to satisfy this first part of the writing requirement.) You can consult with your advisor or any academic dean about courses you might take to fulfill the requirement.
Important! Your internal record will not indicate that you have completed the first half of the writing requirement until you log into ASK and do the following:
(Note! You must have completed the pertinent class before you can fill out the online form.)
With the exception of transfer students (who have a two-semester grace period to fulfill Part I of the requirement), students who enter their fifth term of study without taking an approved course will have a writing check entered on their internal academic record. The writing check will be removed after you have completed an approved course and filled out the relevant form in ASK. For more about the writing requirement, click here.
Ann Gaylin & Carol Cohen
Associate Deans of the College for
First-Year and Sophomore Studies
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