Guidelines for Communicating with Faculty and Staff
Cell phones should be off in classrooms and in meetings with deans.
If you use your laptop for taking notes, do not have your eyes down on the screen the whole time – engagement in class involves eye contact as well as contributing to class discussions.
Compose emails that begin with proper salutation (i.e. Dear/Hi) and are addressed properly (i.e. Professor/Dean/Mr./Ms); avoid beginning emails with “Hey.”
End with your first and last name.
Come up with a subject line that clearly identifies the main issue you are writing about.
Be cautious about using “emergency” in your subject line or even in the body of your message; unless it is a genuine emergency, in which case a telephone call is often more appropriate than an email.
Don’t expect professors, deans, or other staff members to answer emails immediately. If you have not gotten a response within 2 business days, you should either follow up with a phone call or resend the original message with a polite note (e.g. “I’m not sure whether you saw the message I sent on Tuesday, so I’ve resent it below.”)
If there is an emergency that requires you to leave campus for more than a day or two, contact your dean or have a friend do so.
If you have to leave a class early, inform the professor of this ahead of time and explain the reason. The same applies if you know in advance that you have to be late.
If you are late for an unavoidable reason (e.g. late leaving an appointment at the Health Center), enter the class as unobtrusively as possible. If it seems appropriate, apologize to the professor immediately after class and explain why you are late.
Athletes should meet with their professors at the beginning of the semester to let them know when they have games which will require them to leave class early. Ask the professor if it is all right to leave class early on those days.
Beyond the Classroom
When requesting letters of recommendation, give professors or staff members at least three weeks’ notice. Explain the reason for the request and attach a résumé to the email if at all possible.
Semester I: Fall 2016
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