Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 8-6-13
For Unit Heads
The deadline to post final grades for Spring/Summer in Banner is Noon on Monday, August 12.
Entry of grades in Banner is accomplished online via your faculty access to SSB. You must be an assigned instructor to enter grades. To access SSB, you must use your secure SSB login (G number) and PIN.
There is a reference document for online grading in Banner available at:
You will need to enter a last date of academic activity for any student assigned a grade of 'F' or 'NC.' Instructions on determining an appropriate date can be located at:
Excerpts from the July 2013 CLAS Acts Newsletter:
In addition to announcing the rules of the road for your courses, the ubiquitous syllabus functions in several ways that many have never had cause to consider.
Beyond announcing class policies, office hours, contact details, course texts, and policies ranging from late work to attendance, the syllabus contains information that establishes expectations in a range of areas-from grade calculations (what's an A, a B, etc., and how grades are figured) to arrangements for disability accommodations to inclusive behavior. Some of these elements protect the instructor as well as the student. For instance, establishment of these expectations may help avoid student complaints or may protect the instructor should a student file a complaint with the dean's office.
Associate Dean Mary Schutten notes that when a student files a grade complaint, one of the first things she does is have a look at the course syllabus . The situation is never helped by a syllabus missing some of its parts. The appeals process' top three "sticking points" are missing: the grading scale; the process for seeking accommodation through DSR; and/or the academic integrity policy.
The Disability Support Resources website speaks of the importance of the syllabus in the shared responsibility to appropriately accommodate students with documented need: "Faculty/staff should state on the syllabus that students inform them of their special needs to ensure that those needs are met in a timely manner. This approach demonstrates to students that you are someone who is sensitive to and concerned about meeting the needs of ALL students you teach. Such an invitation to discuss individual needs can go a long way toward encouraging the student with a disability to approach the instructor
Well-constructed syllabi not only help students navigate course expectations, they also support students' future education. When a syllabus contains all the information required in the Faculty Handbook, questions about final exam times, office hours and many other details are easily accessible. Should a student leave GVSU for any reason, they will find that transfer credits are more likely to be granted by other institutions when the course syllabus does a good job of representing what a course covers, the text used, the credit hours and other important basic information.
Happily, there are resources faculty can use to improve their syllabi. As an outgrowth of its Out-of-the-Box series, the CLAS Faculty Council developed a webpage on academic integrity which includes syllabus statement samples. The Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC) has syllabus resources available:
3. The 2013 Law & Diversity Forum (attachment)
We are writing to invite you to save the date for the 2013 Law & Diversity Forum, to be held at the GVSU Alumni House on Wednesday, September 18 from 6-9 pm.
Any students or alumni considering law school or the legal profession are invited to hear a panel of prominent attorneys discuss law school, career pathways, the importance of diversity to the legal profession, and more. This event is open to the public.
Please forward the attached information to your faculty and staff. We look forward to seeing you at the event.
Jeanne J. Arnold
Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, Division of Inclusion and Equity
Professor, School of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Join the Kutsche Office of Local History on September 23, 2013 for a Latino Civil Rights Tour from Grand Rapids to Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, one of the city's most significant barrios and the birthplace of the Young Lords Civil and Human Rights Movement which began in the 1960s. Tickets are $50 per person and include a brown bag lunch, entrance to the evening memorial service, reception, and coach service.
Space is limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gvsu.edu/kutsche/bustour.
For Unit Heads
Important Dates Event Location
Aug. 5-6 Final Exams Aug. 6 Regular faculty on payroll Aug. 12 Grades due 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks before noon Banner and Blackboard close at this time
Aug. 13 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: Putting the Green in Next Generation Science Standards Contacts Dalila Kovacs and Andrew Lantz
Aug. 14 CLAS New Tenure Track Faculty Social By invitation Aug. 14 & 15 New Faculty Orientation
Aug. 20 Unit Head Retreat Mary Idema Pew Library , Multipurpose Room
Aug. 21 FTLC Conference 8:30am - 3:00pm; Eberhard Conference Center
Aug. 22 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting 9:30am, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center Aug. 23 Convocation 11am; Field House
Aug. 26 Fall 2013 Classes Begin Sept. 2-3 Labor Day Recess; Sept. 3 no classes but offices are open Sept. 11 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm Sept. 18 2013 Law & Diversity Forum Alumni House, 6-9pm Sept. 20 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: The CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium will take place from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. 308 PAD
Sept. 24 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: James W. Carey Memorial Lecture (3rd annual) Speaker : Brent Malin Loosemore Auditorium; 7:00pm
Sept. 25 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm Sept. 30 Requests for promotion or early tenure forms are due Submit to Dean's Office, B-4-232 MAK Oct. 1 Budget Requests for 2014-15 due Submit to Dean's Office, B-4-232 MAK Oct. 1 FTLC and CSCE Award materials due CLAS Dean's Office, B-4-232 MAK Oct. 1 Research Clusters Grant proposals due firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 1 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: Reading by Roxane Gay
Oct. 2 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: Vietnam Veterans Share Their Stories--The Army and Special Forces Go In
Oct. 2 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: HOMERathon 4: a twenty-four hour reading of Homer's Iliad
Oct. 9 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm Oct. 10 Online scheduling due; deadline is 5:00pm Oct. 7-12 Mid-term Exams Oct. 15 Mid-term grades are due before noon Banner and Blackboard close at this time
Oct. 17 & 18 CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program (luncheon by invitation only) Keesha Hardiman Oct. 18 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: The CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium will take place from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. 308 PAD
Oct. 19 CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce: CLAS Mindgating at Homecoming