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Avery Point Faculty eNotes

Please see the University’s general guide here.

Rev. May 2017

Who, What, and Where:  The following are brief, alphabetized references to frequently asked questions about the Avery Point campus and the University of Connecticut.

AAUP: The University of Connecticut Chapter of The American Association of University Professors (1-860-487-0450) acts as the collective bargaining agent for faculty at the University of Connecticut.  Our current representatives are George McManus, Christine Green, Penny Vlahos, and Evan Ward.

Absence from class: Students should inform you about any absences from class and should inform Trudy Flanery, the Director of Avery Point Student Services, about any extended absences. Phone: 860-405-9024.

Many faculty believe that students require “sick notes/medical excuses” when they miss classes. This is not the case; such excuses are not required. In light of this, Student Health Services does not provide medical excuse notes.

In general, under senate rules, students are not required to attend class, and faculty may not reduce a student’s grade simply because of an absence. Faculty do have full authority to determine the terms under which a student may make up missed work, and can reduce a grade based on lack of class participation.

Since we do not want sick students coming to class, we ask that faculty be understanding of students who report being sick. Faculty should afford students who miss class due to illness reasonable accommodation to make up missed work.

Statement on Absences from Class Due to Religious Observances and Extra-Curricular Activities

Faculty must provide reasonable accommodations for students to complete work at an alternative and mutually acceptable time.  Faculty may not penalize students who miss classes, exams, labs, or other work in order to observe religious holidays or who participate in extra-curricular activities that enrich their experience, support their scholarly development, and benefit the university community. Examples include participation in scholarly presentations, performing arts, and intercollegiate sports, when the participation is at the request of, or coordinated by, a University official.  Such accommodations should be made in ways that do not dilute or preclude the requirements or learning outcomes for the course.  Students anticipating such a conflict should inform their instructor in writing within the first three weeks of the semester, and prior to the anticipated absence, and should take the initiative to work out with the instructor a schedule for making up missed work.  For conflicts with final examinations, students should contact Trudy Flanery’s office.

Academic Building (ACD): The main undergraduate center for classes, the Academic Building houses classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, the Academic Center, student computer room, a computer classroom, conference space, and the campus bookstore. 

Academic Center (ACD 107): The Academic Center (860-405-9058) is available to the Avery Point community for studying; tutoring; development of reading, writing, math, and computer skills; and other assistance with academic or related subjects. Each member of the staff brings individual experience as student and teacher to the tutoring process. The Academic Center philosophy is that learning incorporates problem-solving skills within a range of disciplines, and that people learn by doing, not just watching. Although students do not need an appointment during operating hours (M-Th, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), walk-ins should be patient if tutors are already working with other people.Students should have an idea of what they’d like to accomplish during a tutoring session. If they’re working on a draft of a paper, they can work on it in the Center. Students looking for help with math or science should bring in their text and some problems they can practice. Each semester, you’ll receive a survey  from the Academic Center asking you the acceptable level of take-home assistance tutors are allowed to give to students for homework or other take-home assignments in their courses. Answering this survey will ensure that your students will get the support they need at appropriate levels. The Academic Center  regularly sponsors and organizes workshops to complement classroom instruction. Look for an email invitation to schedule a workshop and/or a classroom visit by a tutor just prior to the start of each semester.  You may also arrange specific workshops for  your classes. For more information, contact Dana Canastar or Deb Macintosh at 860-405-9201.

Academic conduct: Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code states that “The University of Connecticut seeks to balance the needs and the rights of the individual with the welfare of the community as a whole.  Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the values embraced by the University community and reflected in its various policies, contracts, rules, and regulations . . . .”

Academic liaison program: This program provides faculty and students with a personal contact to whom library-related issues and questions may be addressed. One of the primary goals of the Liaison program is to provide instruction in the use of tools available for research and to assist with other research-related needs.  Faculty and students are invited to contact Liaisons regardless of their home campus. A list of Liaisons is posted at http://lib.uconn.edu/services/research/subject-specialists/.

At Avery Point, contact Beth Rumery. (860-405-9148); beth.rumery@lib.uconn.edu). For more information, contact Beth or Francine DeFranco, Director, Library Research Services, 860-486-0911; francine.defranco@uconn.edu.

Academic misconduct:  To promote academic integrity, be sure to publish your policy on academic misconduct in your course syllabus and emphasize it in your course orientation. Be clear in explaining the degree of collaboration permitted on research and group projects. Each semester, faculty are queried by the Academic Center as to the acceptable level of take-home assistance tutors are allowed to give for homework or other take-home assignments in their courses. Answering this survey will ensure that your students will get the support they need at appropriate levels.

Prohibit access to cell phones and personal items during exams. Be familiar with the Student Code, so that if you suspect that academic misconduct has occurred, you know how take action. Refer to www.community.uconn.edu for more guidance.

Please see http://community.uconn.edu/academic-misconduct-procedure-review/ and contact Trudy Flanery at Trudy.Flanery@uconn.edu or call her at 860-405-9024.

    • Date, course, place (or situation) and type of academic misconduct.
    • Evidence being held that supports allegation.
    • The academic consequence you plan to assign. The Undergraduate Academic Integrity policy states, “The appropriate academic consequence for serious offenses is generally considered to be failure in the course. For offenses regarding small portions of the course work, failure for that portion is suggested with the requirement that the student repeat the work for no credit.”
    • Refer students to the Responsibilities of Student Life: The Student Code to read the Undergraduate Academic Integrity policy and review the hearing process
    • Inform students they have 15 days to respond to your notification, and that they can request an Academic Misconduct Hearing in writing to you. Encourage the student to meet with you to discuss the incident.
    • Inform students that the notification will be forwarded to the Avery Point Student Services office (cc to Trudy Flanery).
    • Refer to the Director of Student Services (860-405-9024) or Community Standards website (www.community.uconn.edu) for a sample letter or questions regarding the process.

If a hearing is needed, the Director of Student Services will call together a Hearing Board. If the student requests it, copies of the evidence of misconduct should be provided, but do not return the original to the student.

General observations about constituted “misconduct” are listed below, but students and instructors should also refer to Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code:

  • Students may not use someone else’s work, ideas, data, reports, statements, or the like as if it were their own.
  • Students may not provide or receive assistance in producing papers, projects, and examinations for academic evaluation unless such assistance has been authorized by their instructor.
  • Students may not influence another’s academic evaluation of their work.
    • Students may not present the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more classes without explicit permission from the faculty involved.
    • Students may not cooperate with or be an accessory to another’s academic misconduct.

Academic  Services: Academic Services include student, faculty, and information technology support and development along with curriculum and scheduling. Unless you are a faculty advisor or member of the Marine Sciences Department, your first point of contact at Avery Point is Cindy Bernardo (860-405-9289 Cynthia.Bernardo@uconn.edu).

Academic Vision: Please see what makes a great University here! 

Accidents: There is no school nurse, physician, or health center on campus. However, all University police are Emergency Medical Responders trained in both first aid and CPR and will provide assistance should the need arise. In an emergency, dial 911 from any phone, 8-911 from any phone on the campus system if you want a local response, or press the button on the nearest emergency phone. Outside, blue phones are located throughout the campus.

Activities: See Associated Student Government, Athletics & Sports, Clubs & Organizations.

Adding or dropping courses: Students may add or drop courses through PeopleSoft StudentAdmin (SAS) until the 10th day of class. After the 10th day and until the ninth week, they may withdraw through the Advising and Registration Offices and a “W” will be recorded on their transcript. Students who wish to withdraw after the ninth week but continue to audit the course should complete both the petition for withdrawal and the schedule revision form.  Students with extenuating circumstances should meet with the Director of Student Services. The Registration Services staff (860-405-9017, -9019) can answer additional questions about add/drops and advise on the procedure.                                       

Advising: Matriculating students are assigned to an academic advisor and should meet with that advisor at least once a semester prior to registration for the following semester.  Any student may also meet with the Associate Director of Advising, Nancy Steenburg (860-405-9191) or Noemi Maldonado Picardi (860) 405-9219. The Director of Student Services (860-405-9024) can answer any questions you have about student advising.

Alcohol use: The University prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverages by any person under the age of 21. Further, University policy states that persons under the age of 21 may not be present where alcohol may be served at an authorized social function. Consumption of alcohol by students 21 and older will be permitted on the Avery Point campus only at certain authorized social activities. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

Alternate Retirement Plan: Adjunct faculty will, upon their initial hire, be enrolled in this retirement plan unless they already are enrolled in another State retirement plan, or unless they specifically and irrevocably waive their rights to enroll. Contact Human Resources (860-486-3034) for more information.

Alternative learning opportunities: Students may explore options such as studying abroad, internships, co-op programs, ROTC, independent research, and participation in undergraduate research by referring to the general catalog or by speaking to the Director of Student Services (860-405-9024).

ARP:  See Alternate Retirement Plan

Associated Student Government (ASG): The ASG (860-405-9014) is the voice of the Avery Point students and represents their point of view to the Avery Point administration. The ASG is also responsible for social programs on campus.

Athletics & Sports: Avery Point fields teams in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s baseball.  Home basketball games are played in the campus gym. Home baseball games are played at Washington Park on Meridian Street in Groton. The 2013 UCAP baseball team was the NJCAA Division II Champions. The 2015 Men’s Baseball team went all the way to the World Series as Athletic Director Roger Bidwell celebrated his 1000th victory.  For more information about Avery Point sports, contact Roger Bidwell at 860-405-9183.

Athletic facilities: The gym is open for Avery Point students, staff, and faculty from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Facilities include a six-lane pool, basketball, and volleyball courts. The fitness center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Audits: A student who chooses to take your class as an audit will have you sign a form to that effect and then return it to the Registration Services Office. The student does not have to take the final or do the class work. Senior citizens may also audit your courses for non-credit and a nominal fee, space permitting, with the exception of lab, studio, online, and W courses. They must receive your signature approving them to attend your class before they can attend the class.

BGS: The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program is one of four undergraduate programs on campus leading to a Bachelor’s degree. An interdisciplinary program, it is designed for students who have 60 or more college credits and who would like to complete their degree program at the Avery Point campus.  Contact Nancy Steenburg (Nancy.Steenburg@uconn.edu; 860-405-9191)

Benefits:  Adjunct Faculty who teach at least nine credits at more than one State institution are eligible for reimbursement of certain health insurance costs. For more information, see the Human Resources website: http://hr.uconn.edu/adjunct-facultytemporary-employee-benefits/. Please contact your H.R. representative for the latest information about these benefits (Tony.Velez@uconn.edu; 860-486-0425).

Bluebooks: Exam booklets are available in ACD 315/306 (the Adjunct faculty office suite). Please don’t leave them in the classrooms. Some colleagues have expressed concerns about student access to blue books prior to the intended exam.

Bookstore:  The University Bookstore (ACD first floor, 860-405-9056) is open from 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The bookstore provides information about obtaining desk copies. All required texts, supplies, and UConn-imprinted items are available as well as sundries, snacks, software, and computers at academic prices. Special orders are welcome. Most texts are also available as rentals.

Branford House (BH):  This campus mansion houses:

  • Admissions (Room 316)
  • Advising Center (Room 314)
  • Registration Services (Room 313 and 315)
  • Business Office (Room 313)
  • Student Affairs (Room 306),
  • Bursar (Room 312),
  • Recruitment (Room 303 or 306),
  • Campus Director (2nd floor).

It also serves as a rental property for weddings during the year. Kathryn Pollard manages Branford House rentals (860-405-9072).

Bundled Exams: “Bundled” exams cause problems for students and other faculty members.  Faculty at Avery Point are to administer their exams during their normal assigned class periods.  Please see Final Exams for more information on the Final Exam schedule.

Bursar’s Office: Located in Branford House (Room 312): The office (860-405-9007) is open weekdays between  8:00 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Business Manager:  See Janene Vandi (860-405-9022, Fax 860-405-9075) janene.vandi@uconn.edu.

Campus safety: See Accidents, Hazardous materials, Safety on campus.

Campus Directory: see http://averypoint.uconn.edu/faculty-staff-directory/

Cancellations: If the Avery Point campus closes due to weather or other emergencies, you will receive an email to your UConn email account informing you of the cancellation.  There will also be an announcement on local television stations. Otherwise, you may call 860-486-3768; a recorded message will tell you the status of campus activities. Do not call any campus office for cancellation information, since when classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, they are likewise closed. Sign up for text alerts at: alert.uconn.edu.

If you need to cancel a class because of a last-minute emergency, call Cindy at 860-405-9289 or Deb at 860-405-9201 or email cynthia.bernardo@uconn.edu or deborah.macintosh@uconn.edu. It’s also a good idea to publish information in your syllabus about how you address cancellations.  If the electricity/power is still on, please email your students through PeopleSoft StudentAdmin or HuskyCT.

Career services: Students who wish to explore career options should speak to the Director of Avery Point Student Services, the Associate Director of Advising, or their academic advisor. Avery Point students also have access to the services and resources available on the Storrs campus.

Catalog: The UConn general catalog is the contract or agreement under which a particular class of students abides.  Students can adopt later catalog criteria, but not earlier ones. The current catalog can be found at http://www.catalog.uconn.edu.

Child Abuse:  You are a mandatory reporter, please see UConn’s policy here.

Civility

  • The University values an environment that promotes a spirit of civility and collegiality, while fostering open and constructive intellectual debate.
  • All members of the University community have a responsibility to treat each other with consideration and respect. Managers and supervisors have an elevated responsibility to demonstrate these behaviors and support their expression in the workplace.
  • Engaging in behaviors that harass, intimidate, bully, threaten or harm another member of the University community does not support a respectful and civil work environment.  See Code of Conduct.

Class rosters:  You run your class roster from the PeopleSoft system. You should run a second roster after the tenth day of classes to verify that students attending your class have officially registered.  If a student attending your class is not on the roster, refer the students to the Registration Services office for assistance and contact Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu.

You may also email your entire roster through PeopleSoft, for announcements, cancellations, or updates to assignments.

Classroom equipment (ACD building): For questions about classroom technology, see Mark Bond in ACD 302 (860-405-9186); Mark.Bond@uconn.edu.

Classroom speakers (class visiting speaker): Please see the request form here.

Classroom supplies: Some classroom supplies are located in the adjunct faculty office suite  (ACD 306/315), while others are found in the third floor supply closet within Branford House. You may also request standard supplies from Holly Buckley (Holly.Buckley@uconn.edu, 860-405-9117).

Closings/Delayed Openings:  If the Avery Point campus closes due to weather or other emergencies, you will receive an email to your UConn email account informing you of the cancellation.  There will also be an announcement on local television stations. Otherwise, you may call 860-486-3768; a recorded message will tell you the status of campus activities. Do not call any campus office for cancellation information, since when classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, they are likewise closed. Sign up for text alerts at: alert.uconn.edu.

Clubs & Organizations: Contact Randall Paterson, the Associate Director for Student Activities, to learn about current activities or to start a new activity on campus (Randall.Paterson@uconn.edu 860-405-9014).

Complaints: Students with concerns or complaints about a course or instructor should be referred to the Director of Avery Point Student Services (860-405-9024), who can advise them through the process of addressing the complaint.

Computer accounts: All employees of the University have e-mail addresses.  Both the campus and the University send critical announcements through its e-mail system. Additionally, your NetID gives access to the considerable resources of the UConn library system. Finally, and most important, it’s the best way for students, faculty, and staff to reach you. As of 2015, forwarding is no longer permitted.  Please check your UConn email frequently.  Any staff member in Academic Services will be happy to help you with this.

Computer classroom (ACD 314) and Student Computer Room (ACD 319): The undergraduate student computer room and the computer classroom are fully networked with the HuskyPC image. For information about what software is included, please visit the HuskyPC website. For questions about the student computer room or the computer classroom, contact Registration Services (860-405-9017) for availability, or Mark Bond (860-405-9186) for computer questions. The student computer room and the classroom are heavily used, so if you need access for a workshop or library instruction session, make your reservation early. To reserve a room, contact Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017); Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu.

Computer lab: see Student Computer Room.

Computer support: For desktop or other computer support, call Mark Bond (860-405-9186) on campus (ACD 302) or 860-486-HELP at Storrs.

Contact information: Please provide your students information about how they can reach you outside of classroom hours (e-mail, phone, etc.). Students should be able to reach you at your UConn e-mail account- this is what all of our staff tells them.

Copy machine: You may obtain your copy code access through Cindy Bernardo in Academic Services (ACD 317) at (860-405-9289).

Counseling Office: Personal problems can, and do, interfere with academic success. Support  is available to all Avery Point students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Stephen Brewer offers both drop-in contact and scheduled appointments. His office is located in ACD 114F, 860-405-9044.

Course outlines: See Syllabus requirements.

Course-related materials: See the Director of Academic Services about obtaining materials or equipment you need to teach your course. Tristine Brine, UConn Bookstore, (860-405-9056) can help you with those materials your students will need.  Books and videos may be available to order through the Library. Contact Beth Rumery (860-405-9148).

Disability services: If students speak to you about disability services, refer them to the Director of Student Services, Trudy Flanery, if any classroom or campus accommodations are needed. All students requesting accommodation must have documentation of their disability on file with the University. Specific questions regarding documentation, services, or accommodations can be directed to Trudy Flanery (860-405-9024) or to the Center for Students with Disabilities on the Storrs campus (860-486-2020). The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) encourages faculty to include a statement in their courses syllabi inviting students to discuss academic accommodations with their instructors.

Dismissed students: Dismissed students may be allowed to continue taking credit courses with special permission. Contact Nancy Steenburg at 860-405-9191 for more information.

Dropping courses: See Adding or dropping courses.

Early College Experience (ECE):  The ECE office is responsible for all high-school students who want to take UConn classes as non-degree students  http://ece.uconn.edu/ .  The Associate Director of Advising, Nancy Steenburg, can advise potential non-degree students.

Electronic course reserve (ECR): See Reserve materials.

E-mail: Since 2003, all University notices are sent through your UConn email account.  It is your responsibility to check this account as it is UConn’s official way of communicating with you.   Please see Mark Bond in ACD 302 if you need assistance setting up your account.  See the tutors in the Academic Center (ACD 107) or call the UITS help desk (860-486-4357) for help managing your account.

E-mail account password: To change your NetID password, go to https://netid.uconn.edu/tools/change_password.php.

E-mail forwarding:  As of April 2015, faculty and staff will no longer be able to forward their University email to a third party.  Please see the policy at http://forward.uconn.edu

Email signature:  Please follow these standards for your email signature.

Emergency: To report a Fire or Injury, dial 8-911 from a campus extension, 911 from all others. To contact the Campus police on routine matters, dial 860-405-9088. See also Accidents. The Office of Emergency Management encourages the entire UConn community to take a few moments to get prepared and read the Emergency Hazard Guide. The Emergency Hazard Guide offers readers a “what-to-do” for various hazards, including how to prepare for, respond to and special considerations for different types of emergencies. The Guide also defines emergency terminology used by UConnALERT, the University’s official emergency notification system.

The Emergency Hazard Guide can be accessed here:

http://publicsafety.uconn.edu/emergency/hazard-guide/

English (The English major) is a four-year degree program offered at all UConn campuses. Avery Point offers a wide variety of literature and writing courses, with particularly rich offerings in American Literature, maritime literature, and genre courses (poetry, short story, modern drama, and modern novel). The English degree prepares students for careers in education, writing, publishing, communications, and various public- and private-sector professions. For questions about the English major at Avery Point, please contact Pamela Bedore in person at ACD 114D, by email  at Pamela.bedore@uconn.edu, or by phone at 860-405-9135.

Evaluations: See Student evaluations.

Exam policies:

Administering exams during the semester

  1. Faculty members are responsible for administering their own exams.
  2. Exceptions for accommodations due to documented disabilities are the responsibility of the instructor. Faculty can check with the Director of Student Affairs to verify the appropriateness of such accommodations.
  3. Make-ups for missed exams during the semester are approved by the faculty member.

Administering final exams, assessments

  1. Final examinations bring both closure and pointed evaluation to bear on a student’s mastery of course skills and content. They are an important part of a student’s educational experience at Avery Point. As such, instructors are required to make final exams an integral part of every course they teach. Final exams, to ensure equitable treatment of all students, must be administered during the time prescribed in the published schedule. Allow the full two hours for the exam. Only laboratory courses and independent study courses are exempt from this rule.
  2. Students may request a rescheduled final examination through the Student Services office before the beginning of the final examination period. The Director of Student Services approves make up examinations in strict adherence to University policy.
  3. Faculty are responsible for proctoring all make-up exams that have been approved for their students.  Proctoring should be done either in the faculty office or another campus space. If you need help arranging for a proctoring space, see Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu.
  4. Students who miss an examination for officially approved medical reasons or for verifiable personal emergencies will be allowed to make up exams, although they may in some cases have to make up the examination after grades have been submitted. Please alert students that misreading an exam schedule is not an excuse for missing an exam. 
  5. You might also want to remind students of the fact that their having scheduled travel or employment that conflicts with final exams will NOT in any case be accepted as a reason for approving make-up examinations. Posting the final examination date on your syllabus will alleviate these issues.
  6. Instructors have the option of developing final assessments in place of final exams. 
  7.  How long am I required to keep exams?

Unreturned coursework (including exams) should be maintained for a minimum of six months from when the final grade was issued to afford students enough time to challenge a final grade. Unlike many other University records, you do not need to fill out a disposition authorization form once the minimum retention period is met. The records may be destroyed after six months, with few exceptions. Please take the time to ensure student records are destroyed securely. Confidential shredding options are listed at http://records.compliance.uconn.edu/confidential-shredding/.

For more information, contact: Laurie Neal in Audit and Compliance at 860.486.4805.

Facilities:  To report a building issue,  go to the facilities request form on the Avery Point website located under Faculty & Staff or click this link: http://averypoint.uconn.edu/faculty-staff/. For after-hour emergencies, call the Campus Police at 860-405-9088.

Faculty Development Consultations (from the Institute for Teaching & Learning)

Faculty support services:  The Academic Center provides support for faculty including assistance with photocopying, printing, scanning, and in help with clearly defined research. For more information, please see http://academicservices.averypoint.uconn.edu/apac-service-requests/ You may also contact Deb Macintosh or Dana Canastar (860-405-9201).

Failure to Register:  Students must enroll in a course to attend the class. Instructors with unenrolled students in a class should tell the students they should add the course to attend, then notify the Registrar. Unenrolled students will earn no credit for courses or parts of courses completed. Students who have paid their fees may register late with the permission of the student’s advisor, instructors, department heads of the departments offering the courses and the student’s academic dean.

Familial Relationships and TeachingFrom time to time, circumstances arise when faculty find themselves in a position where they could have a family member in one of their courses. Ideally, faculty and students would avoid these situations because they can pose a conflict of interest when a faculty member is in a position to grade a relative and affect their GPA, academic standing, and academic record. This conflict arises if the faculty member has a bias (even an unconscious one) towards their relative. Even if such a bias does not exist, other students in the class may perceive that it does, and may legitimately believe they are being treated unfairly as a result.

In response to inquiries about these situations, the Provost’s Office felt it was important to provide clear direction. Having a standard approach assures expectations are transparent, understood in advance, and consistently applied. Therefore, the Provost Office developed the Policy on Familial Relationships and Teaching based on a review of practices at peer institutions.

Please review the new policy at http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=5905. For questions, please contact the Provost’s Office at 860.486.4037.

Field trips: In the university’s field trip policy (available at http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=378, the University strongly acknowledges the value of the field trip in providing experiential learning. If you’re using a field trip as part of a credit-bearing course, your course syllabus should so indicate. The policy includes a checklist that needs to be completed by the trip director, a statement of understanding signed by the participants, a medical information form, and an accident report.  Please find the appropriate form (s) here.UndergraduateEducationFieldTripPolicy

Final assessments: Instructors can choose to offer final assessments in place of final exams.  Read more….

Final exams:  A preliminary final exam schedule will be sent to you by the Registrar prior to the beginning of the semester. We strongly recommend that you post your final exam day and time on your syllabus.  The official final exam schedule will be posted on the Registrar’s web site.  See Exam policies.

Final grades:  You post final grades through the PeopleSoft system. Final grades are to be posted within 72 hours after exams are taken. For more information, contact Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu.

*Please remember that grades must be entered and approved within the prescribed time-line in order to be included in such processes as Probation, Dismissal, and Dean’s List and to avoid delays in the graduation of degree candidates.

Financial aid: For general assistance, students see the Joyce Wood (860-405-9007, Joyce.Wood@uconn.edu) in the Avery Point Office of Financial Services. Other specific questions are referred to the Financial Aid office on the Storrs campus (860-486-2819).

First Day:

Fight First-Day Anxiety with a Plan

Are first-day jitters leaving you feeling anxious and under-prepared?  Have you been waking with a jolt at night after dreaming of being locked out of your classroom, unable to turn on the overhead projector, or incapable of getting your students’ attention?

The first day of class is important on many levels:  It affords you the opportunity to introduce yourself and the course, get a sense of your students, and set the tone for the semester.  It also gives students a chance to try the course out—to get a sense of who you are and what your course will be like.  Carefully plan the first class session, so you are sure to cover everything intended.

Use these guidelines to avoid the kinds of last-minute surprises that can ruin even the best teacher’s confidence.

Before you step into the classroom…

On the first day…

  • Set a goal
  • Introduce yourself
  • Show an interest in getting to know your students
  • Introduce your course
  • Ask questions
  • Save time for student questions

Visit http://itl.uconn.edu/preparing-for-your-first-day-of-class/ andhttp://itl.uconn.edu/interacting-with-students-during-your-first-class/ for UConn-specific suggestions on how to achieve these goals, as well as for contact information and other helpful details.

For more information, contact: Stacey Valliere at stacey.valliere@uconn.edu

General Education Requirements: All students must meet university and college core requirements in general education, computer technology competency, information literacy competency, writing competency, quantitative competency, and competency in a second language. Additionally, they must complete courses from four content areas. More information about the general education requirements can be found in the “Academic Regulations” section of the UConn undergraduate catalog at http://www.catalog.uconn.edu/.

Grades/grade changes: You may make grade changes through the Faculty Center section of your PeopleSoft account (Faculty Center>Grade Roster>”Request Grade Change.”) See Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu. for additional information about grade changes and submitting midterm and final grades. See also Midterm grades.

Recording Grades “Teaching at a Glance” :The end of the semester is finally here, but much of your hard work is yet to come.  Grading final papers and projects can be daunting, and properly recording those grades via the Student Administration (PeopleSoft) System can be time consuming as well.  Here are a few pointers:

Did you know that it’s possible to import grades from your HuskyCT gradebook right to the Student Admin System?  For assistance, visit Import HuskyCT grades to PeopleSoft; if you need additional support, contact the Instructional Resource Center at irchelp@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-5052.

As you grade the last of your student work, keep in mind that you cannot post those grades publicly in association with names, Social Security Numbers, or other personal identifiers.  Once you’re ready to post grades to the Student Admin System, be aware of these grade options, in addition to the typical letter grades:

  • I is for a student whose work remains incomplete and the student has made arrangements with the instructor to finish at a later date.
  • X is assigned when a student is absent from the final exam, but was otherwise passing course
  • N is for a student who was never present in class (and for whom there may be a registration issue)

Visit http://www.peoplesofthelp.uconn.edu/FAQ/Grades_FAQ.html for information and troubleshooting details regarding grading.

Graduate programs: The Marine Sciences department at Avery Point offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography. For more information, see www.marinesciences.uconn.edu. Graduate-level engineering, nursing, and education courses are also offered.

Gym: See Athletic Facilities.

Hazardous materials: If you have any questions about hazardous materials on campus, contact John (“Ben”) Roccapriore, Director of Facilities, at 860-405-9199.

Health Benefits: Adjunct faculty can choose to participate in group health. For more information, see the Human Resources website: http://hr.uconn.edu/adjunct-facultytemporary-employee-benefits/.

Help desk: The Avery Point campus and the University Computer Center help desk are available for questions and troubleshooting. For campus service, call the Information Technology consultant, Mark Bond (860-405-9186; Mark.Bond@uconn.edu). For Storrs assistance, call (860) 486-4357 (HELP) or go to http://helpdesk.uconn.edu/.

High school students may be allowed to take some courses at UConn. Please refer them to Associate Director of Advising Nancy Steenburg (Nancy.Steenburg@uconn.edu; 860-405-9190). See also Early College Experience (ECE).

Hiring a student? Use of students in outside employment 

History of Avery Point campus: The Avery Point Campus was formerly the summer estate of Morton Plant, a railroad, steamship, and hotel magnate. Branford House, the mansion overlooking Long Island Sound, was reportedly worth $3 million when it was completed in 1904. Also located on the estate were a caretaker’s house (the current police station), a barn, and horse stables (the current physical plant buildings). The estate included what is now the Shennecossett Public Golf Course located just north of the campus. To see early photos of the Plant estate, visit Connecticut History Online (http://www.cthistoryonline.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/cho) and search “Morton plant” or “Avery Point”.

The Plant estate was turned over to the State of Connecticut in the 1930s. During World War II, it was leased to the Coast Guard as a training center. During that period, the Coast Guard built the present cinder block buildings. In 1969, the estate was converted to the Southeastern Campus of the University of Connecticut, later renamed the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.

HuskyCT:  A web-based set of course tools, HuskyCT is available to all course instructors. Help with designing courses using HuskyCT is provided from Storrs by staff at the Institute for Teaching and Learning. Contact Janet Jordan (janet.jordan@uconn.edu) for assistance.

Identification cards:   Faculty members need IDs to check out materials from the library, to use the gym facilities, and to participate in activities on the Storrs campus. Contact the library (860-405-9146) for further information about obtaining a UConn ID.

Incomplete: According the UConn catalog, a mark of I (Incomplete) is assigned for a student “if the completed work is passing and the instructor decides that, due to unusual circumstances, the student cannot complete the course assignments. Please have the student fill out a “Contract for the Completion of an Incomplete Grade.” This sets deadlines and makes clear what remains as unsubmitted work. If the student completes the work by the end of the third week of the next registered semester, the instructor will send the Registrar a grade for the course. Grades of “N” and “X” are additional options. See on-line UConn catalog for current information. See also Exam policies.

Interlibrary loans: In addition to 250 databases and some 91,052 electronic full-text journals online, materials are available through Document Delivery/InterLibrary Loan, which can be accessed via the University Libraries Web page (http://www.lib.uconn.edu/services/ill/). See the librarians or call 860-405-9146 for additional information. See also Library services.

Learning Community:  The mission of the Avery Point Learning Community is to provide students with an inclusive and interdisciplinary learning environment, and to provide faculty with opportunities to engage in collegial discussions that bridge traditionally disparate disciplines and enhance teaching praxis. For more information, contact Nancy Parent (nancy.parent@uconn.edu), or Laurie Wolfley (laurie.wolfley@uconn.edu).

Letterhead: See University letterhead stationery

Library services: You may access material directly from the Library’s own collection, the online catalog, and databases from terminals on the first floor. All resources are available from any computer that is connected to the University network or through remote access. Your NetID and password are necessary for off-campus access.

 The first floor also houses the Circulation Desk, reference collection, DVD/Video collection, reserve materials, a photocopier/scanner, and the Marine Sciences collection. Two collaborative workstations and a group study room are also on the first floor. Books and undergraduate periodicals are located on the second floor. The second floor open areas are all quiet study. The second floor also has one presentation practice/group study room, one group study room, and one media viewing room. A valid UConn ID is required for borrowing materials from the library.  The library is open Monday-Friday. Exact hours may vary slightly.  See http://www.lib.uconn.edu/libraries/averypoint/ for more information. When the library is closed, items may be returned to the drop box in the police station. See also Research guides, Reserve materials.

Lost & Found: Turn in or check for lost and found articles at the Police Department (located between the Academic Building and student parking lot).

Mailboxes: If you are teaching in the academic building (ACD), you will be assigned a faculty mailbox in the first floor of the Academic Building.  Cindy Bernardo in Academic Services can answer questions about mailboxes and postal service.  (860-405-9289) Cynthia.Bernardo@uconn.edu.

Majors: Students at Avery Point can start and take midrange courses for hundreds of University majors at this campus. If they choose to take all their courses at Avery Point, they can also start and complete majors in English, General Studies, Marine Sciences, and Maritime Studies.

Marine Sciences is a four-year undergraduate degree program at Avery Point that focuses on the marine environment. The curriculum integrates marine science and ocean-related social science courses. It combines field and laboratory courses in marine biology, chemistry, geology and physics with studies in policy, law, economics, and resource management of marine environments. The program is quantitative, practical, and experiential in nature. This highly interdisciplinary approach results in graduates who are excellent scientists who possess the ability to communicate scientific issues to non-scientists. This program is analogous to a rigorous environmental sciences degree focused on the oceans.

For more information, contact the faculty coordinator, Claudia Koerting at Claudia.Koerting@uconn.edu.

Maritime Studies is a four-year, interdisciplinary degree program offered at Avery Point that explores the interactions between humankind’s critical and continually evolving connections with the world’s waterways and watersheds. The Maritime Studies Program combines rigorous liberal arts training in recognized humanities and social science disciplines such as History, English, Geography, Economics, Political Science, and Anthropology, along with specialized courses, interdisciplinary seminars, and research and internship opportunities that focus on issues, traditions, and problems that influence life in maritime regions. A complement to the Marine Sciences Department at Avery Point, Maritime Studies highlights the social and cultural side of the human/water relationship, but recognizes and explores the links between human activities and the composition and the condition of the coastal and marine environments. Nat Trumbull (ACD 101B) is the Maritime Studies Coordinator (860-405-9272 Nathaniel.Trumbull@uconn.edu )

Midterm warnings:  At the end of the sixth week of a semester, you must record mid-term grades for those students in 1000-level and 2000-level classes whose grade up to that point is a C-, D+, D, D-, F, U, or N. Instructors can optionally enter mid-term grades for 3000-level and 4000-classes. You enter Mid-grades through the Faculty Center section of your PeopleSoft account (Faculty Center>Grade Roster>”Mid-Term grade”). The Registrar upon receiving those warnings will then notify the students  (they get an email, it does NOT appear on any version of their transcript). Note that the responsibility for notification is yours, but the responsibility for improvement remains with the student.

Minors: Minors that may be completed on this campus include American Studies, Anthropology, English, History, Marine Biology, Maritime Archaeology, Oceanography, Political Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

NetID:  Your NetID (“Net I.D.”) is your access point to your e-mail, Student Admin, and your HuskyCT account as well as library resources. You can find your NetID, as well as reset the password, at https://netid.uconn.edu/. For further assistance, contact the University Help Desk (860-486-HELP).

Non-degree students: Non-degree students take courses without having been admitted to the University. These credits may be used later for degree programs. Non-degree students who wish to take more than 8 credits during a given semester must meet with the Associate Director of Advising, Nancy Steenburg (860-405-9191).  Non-degree students may not register for classes until two weeks prior to the start of the fall or spring semesters. Dismissed students must meet with Nancy Steenburg to obtain permission to take classes as a non-degree student. 

Offer letters: The offer letter acts as a contract between adjunct faculty and the University.  Instructors hired on special payroll receive their offer letters through Academic Services. See Cindy Bernardo (860-405-9289; Cynthia.Bernardo@uconn.edu) with questions or concerns.

Office hours: As members of the university teaching community, faculty responsibilities include attention to the individual student who can benefit from additional course assistance outside the classroom. Posting and holding office hours indicate the willingness and availability to provide that attention for the benefit of the students.

Orientation for new adjunct faculty:  The University requires new adjunct faculty to complete their training online here: http://hr.uconn.edu/orientation/ — need help, please see this file of instructions. HR orientation in HuskyCT

Over-enrollment: We strongly discourage allowing over-enrollment prior to checking with the Registration Services office.  See also Permission numbers.

Paycheck schedule: Paychecks are distributed electronically every other Friday through CORE-CT. For more information, go to the UConn Payroll webpage at http://payroll.uconn.edu/PY/faqs/epayfaqs.html.

Parking: Parking procedures are changing, please stay tuned…

PC lab: See Student Computer Room.

PeopleSoft: “PeopleSoft” is the computer vendor who designed our Student Administration System (SAS). You can get to your student records at the website https://student.studentadmin.uconn.edu, best accessed through Internet Explorer or Firefox, through which anyone can obtain a schedule of classes. Through “PeopleSoft,” students enroll in courses, obtain unofficial transcripts, instructors pull class rosters and enter grades, and advisors obtain information about their advisees. If you have questions about your PeopleSoft account, contact Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu. See also Grades/Grade changes, Add-drops, Final grades, and Schedule of classes.

Permission numbers:  Permission numbers  for enrolling in courses override prerequisites and can come back to haunt students who use them improperly, particularly during degree audit at the point of graduation.  Although permission numbers are given to all faculty of record, you should not use them unless you are a faculty advisor.  If you would like to enroll a student who does not appear on your PeopleSoft roster, please send that individual to the campus registrar, Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu.  or to the Director of Student Services, Trudy Flanery (860-405-9024).  Either office will provide the student with a Registration Consent Form that, if properly used by the student, will ensure that your course is academically appropriate for the student.

Plagiarism: See Academic Conduct, Academic Misconduct. Additional information is available in Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code, available on the web.

Professional development: Professional development funds are available for Avery Point adjunct use from three sources:  the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, AAUP (limited to adjunct faculty who have taught two courses per semester for two consecutive years), and the Avery Point Director’s office. Funds are limited and preference is given to programming priorities or those activities that relate directly to the faculty members’ work on campus. Conferences that contribute to general professional development in a discipline and to the development of enhanced classroom performance at Avery Point will be considered. Janene Vandi (860-405-9022) will help process the professional development and travel  requests for the Director’s office.

Q-course: The “Q” (for “quantitative”) following a course number designates the regular use of algebra or a higher form of mathematics as part of the course.

Registration Services: Answers questions about registration, add/drop, lifting of holds, scheduling, midterms, finals, campus changes, certifications, and grade changes. Normal business hours for the office are 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday. See Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu or Maryann Pepin (860-405-9019; Maryann.Pepin@uconn.edu).

Registration: Continuing students register mid-semester for the following semester. Students should meet with an advisor prior to registration. Students must have immunizations up to date and have all previous bills paid prior to registration.

Reimbursements: For reimbursements for travel or professional development expenses, see Joyce Wood (860-405-9007) in the Office of Financial Services. Expenses for travel that do not have prior approval will not be reimbursed. See also Professional development.

Research guides: Online research guides are accessible at http://www.lib.uconn.edu/research/ or though the Avery Point  library page. Any computer with university mainframe access offers an extensive and comprehensive online library. Additionally, much of the material, including documents and reprints, can be delivered electronically. See also Library services.

Reserve materials: To make supplementary student materials available to students, faculty may house those items at the Library Reserve Collection. Items in the Reserve Collection will be checked out to students for either 3 hours, overnight, or 3 days. Typically, reserve materials are restricted to the library. Electronic course reserve (ECR) is an option for those who like to make articles, class notes, homework, or sample tests available to students during the semester via the web. Access to ECR is through HuskyCT, the electronic course management tool used University-wide. Processing for ECR/HuskyCT requires that the same information and materials be provided to the library as for paper reserves. Placing materials on Reserve takes time. Please complete the Reserve form found on the library website at http://www.lib.uconn.edu/services/reserve/index.html for all reserve materials whether or not the item is owned by the library. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing newly-purchased books going on reserve because both the purchasing and cataloging take time. Please provide the material you own a week before the students need them. Call 860-405-9146 or see a librarian for assistance. Please see this video.  Please see ARES sunset information here.

Safety on campus: The UConn Police Department is responsible for safety and security on campus. Its objectives are to protect life and property on campus and to provide services to the University community. The Department is located adjacent to the student parking lot. Police are on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition to all police duties, the police will escort you upon request. If you need to wait for a ride and want a comfortable place to sit, the foyer inside the Police Department is available to you night and day. You may also use it as a temporary weather shelter; a phone for public use is located here. The campus has several “blue” phones for emergency use. In an emergency, you need only open the box and hit the contact pad and the police will respond.  See also Accidents, Lost & Found, and Emergencies.

Scanning: The copiers in the ACD mailroom and ACD Room 315 also function as a scanner to email. If you use the scanner frequently and would like to have your email programmed in for one-click access, contact Cindy Bernardo (Cynthia.Bernardo@uconn.edu ; 860-405-9289).

Schedule of classes: Courses are listed by department. Each course is assigned a unique course number, an abbreviated department name and number, and a section number (Avery Point sections start with “N”). Lower division undergraduate courses are numbered in the 1000 range, upper division 2000 or higher. Also listed are the number of credits, meeting days and times, number allowed to enroll (enrollment cap), location, and instructor.  Refer to the general catalog for information on course prerequisites. See Student Services or Academic Services for more information. Class schedules for current, future, and past semesters can be obtained through the StudentAdmin system (see PeopleSoft).

Sculpture Path: The walking path along the campus is home to a number of monumental sculptures by contemporary regional and national artists. Try to visit when you can.

Senior Citizen Audit (Not for Credit): Senior citizens who do not seek degree credit may audit undergraduate courses only on a space available basis. Consent of the instructor is required. The instructor will determine the acceptable level of participation of the auditor. The instructor also has the authority to disenroll any auditor that is not adhering to the criteria set forth by the instructor. The senior audit does not apply to online, laboratory or studio classes.

Registration procedures are as follows:

  1. The senior auditor must have reached 62 years of age on or before the first day of classes and provide proof of age at time of registration.
  2. The senior auditor must be a resident of the State of Connecticut. Residency must be notated in the Student Administration system at the time of registration.
  3. The senior citizen audit applies to the Fall and Spring semesters only. It does not apply to winter intersession and summer session classes.
  4. Registration cannot be done until the 10th day of classes. Seniors may attend the first ten days of classes and obtain the signature of the instructor during this time.
  5. The senior auditor must complete the Senior Citizen Audit Registration Form and submit it along with the payment of $15.00 to their local Registrar’s office.

Senior tuition waiver: This waiver pertains to any person sixty-two years of age or older who has been accepted for admission, provided this person is enrolled in a degree-granting program or, provided, at the end of the regular registration period, there is space available in the course in which the person intends to enroll. Students must notify the Bursar’s Office if they are over 62 years of age and a Connecticut resident. Students must be 62 years old prior to the beginning of the term they wish to enroll in.  If any person who receives a tuition waiver also receives educational reimbursement from an employer, the waiver is reduced by the amount of the educational reimbursement.

Service indicators are University-imposed holds that prevent a student from registering. Students may not register until all service indicators are lifted. They may be lowered by an advisor (advising), the Registrar (registration), or the Business Office (payment) or Student Health Services. See the registrars Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu. or 860-405-9019 Maryann.Pepin@uconn.edu) or  Joyce Wood in the Office of Financial Services (860-405-9262 Joyce.Wood@uconn.edu).

Service Learning Course Designation: As of Spring 2014 Service Learning courses are now designated and searchable in the Peoplesoft system. We ask all faculty who teach service learning to complete this submission process in order to get your course designated.  Having courses designated will allow the University and the Office of Service Learning have accurate information for reporting and quality control purposes.  It will also provide students necessary information about their coursework.

Service Learning Form

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.  In accordance with Connecticut General Statute, the use of tobacco products of any kind is not permitted in state buildings or within 25 feet of doorways.  This includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes; cigars; pipes; pellets; chewing tobacco; E-cigarettes and snuff.

Software: For access to University software, see  SkyBox, the University’s virtual PC.

Splitfer: A “splitfer” refers to a split registration between Avery Point and other UConn campuses.

Sports: See Athletics & Sports and Clubs & Organizations.

Stationery: See University letterhead stationery

Student Computer Room (ACD 319): The undergraduate Student Computer Room is fully networked with the HuskyPC image. For information about what is included in the image, please visit their website. During the spring and fall semesters, the room is open Monday through Thursday for student use. For questions about the Student Computer Room, contact the Academic Center (860-405-9058), Deb Macintosh or Dana Canastar (860-405-9201), or Mark Bond (860-405-9186) in Academic Services.

Student evaluations: Students evaluate your course online during the last two weeks of the regular semester. The University will then provide you with student comments and a ratings summary, copies of which are available to the department and the offices of the Avery Point Academic Services Director and Avery Point Campus Director. More information is available at the Office of Institutional Research at http://www.oir.uconn.edu/onlineset/onlineset.html.

Student Services:  Located in the Branford House (Room 306). The Office (860-405-9024) is generally open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Student Services, Avery Point Director: Leads and manages student affairs on the Avery Point campus, serves as liaison to Storrs in guiding University-wide student affairs and enrollment management initiatives and policies.  See Trudy Flanery (860-405-9024, fax 860-405-9290, trudy.flanery@uconn.edu).

Student Support Services (SSS): Student Support Services is one of four federally-funded programs housed by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Academic Programs. SSS students begin their college careers through participation in a six week pre-collegiate program which is designed to assist in the transition from high school to university. SSS provides individual and group tutoring, peer advising, academic, personal, and professional development workshops, study groups and other essential services for college success. The federal mandate for Student Support Services is to increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of low income, first generation college students or students with disabilities. The SSS Coordinator, Aaron Collins, at Avery Point acts as liaison between faculty, students, and campus resources. SSS Office: 860-405-9013

Student Center: The Student Center is located on the traffic circle and provides an inviting space for students, faculty, and staff to meet outside classrooms. Food service is provided by Mort’s, and you’ll find seating, wi-fi, game tables, and large and small-scale presentation spaces. For more information, contact Randall Paterson, the Director of Student Activities (860-405-9014  Randall.Paterson@uconn.edu ).

Study Groups:  The Study Group website application was created to support and encourage collaborative learning outside the classroom.  You may encourage your students to use this at http://studygroup.uconn.edu

Syllabus requirements: At the beginning of each semester, all faculty are expected to provide the Academic Services Office and their students with copies of course requirements. Minimum information should include the name of the instructor, contact information, availability to students, and required texts and other materials. Performance and attendance/participation standards are helpful, as are a weekly schedule, list of supplemental learning materials, prerequisites, final exam date, your teaching/evaluation philosophy, learning objectives, and the University’s policy on academic integrity. The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) encourages faculty to include a statement in their courses syllabi inviting students to discuss academic accommodations with their instructors.  Please see these suggestions from ITL. 

Textbooks:  

Requirements Regarding Textbooks

In order for the University to receive student financial aid from the federal government, we must comply with the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA). One provision of the law deals with access to affordable course materials for students, and requires that the University provide the list of prices and ISBN codes of the required and recommended textbooks for each course listed on our online registration schedule.

To comply with the law, it is very important that faculty make course textbook information available before registration begins for each semester. To do this, faculty simply need to provide the information to the UConn Co-op, which then takes responsibility for making the information available as the law requires. The registration deadlines are published on the Registrar’s website.  Please note that registration for the spring 2015 semester begins on October 20. Information about how to submit textbook adoption information to the UConn Co-op is available on its website.

Textbooks: UConn’s Open Initiative

Trigger Warnings:  We follow AAUP’s lead on the matter of trigger warnings and teaching.  Please see the findings here.

Tuition and fees: Fall tuition bills are due August 1st  and Spring tuition bills are due January 8st.

Tutoring: Tutoring services, supplementary instruction, and other academic support services are available to the Avery Point community free of charge. See the Academic Center. SSS students may also use Student Support Services.

Undergraduate degree programs: Currently, Avery Point offers four undergraduate degrees: English, General Studies, Marine Sciences, and Maritime Studies.

Undergraduate research: The Avery Point undergraduate research program gives students the opportunity to explore, first hand, their chosen fields of study. As undergraduate researchers, students are engaged in independent inquiry and learning. The process of doing, making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and doing again builds the students’ confidence in their own abilities and provides them with valuable experience in their field of study. The Avery Point undergraduate research program guides students through the process of selecting a field of study, finding an advisor, selecting a research topic, and conducting research. The goals of the program are to engage students in the process of inquiry, stimulate independent learning, promote effective communication skills, and celebrate undergraduate scholarship.

University letterhead stationery: Avery Point letterhead and/or envelopes with the UConn seal are available to you for official use. Ask Cindy Bernardo (Cynthia.bernardo@uconn.edu ; 860-405-9289) or Holly Buckley (holly.buckley@uconn.edu; 860-405-9117).

Veterans: The Veteran’s Office is located in the campus registrar’s office. Jeanne Martin (860-405-9017; Jeanne.Martin@uconn.edu  is the campus liaison with the Storrs office.  The Veterans’ Center for student use is located on the 2nd floor of the library.

vPC (Virtual computer software): see SkyBox

W-course: A “W” following a course number indicates that the course contains “major writing assignments aimed at teaching the student to write clearly.” All W-courses have ENGL 1010 or 1011 as a prerequisite (from UConn’s course catalog). For more information, contact the Avery Point Writing Coordinator, Pam Bedore (Pamela.Bedore@uconn.edu; 860-405-9135).

Waterfront Programs: The Waterfront Program boat shed and watercraft are located near the main, one-way entrance to campus. Small sailboats and sea kayaks are available for recreational use by students, staff, faculty, and alumni during UConn Avery Point Sailing Club scheduled activities. The watercraft are also used for instructional, academic, competitive, and outreach programming. Hours vary seasonally. Please contact Prescott Littlefield, Waterfront Program Manager, at 860-405-5272 (cell) or prescott.littlefield@uconn.edu. Schedules are also posted to the UConn-Avery Point Sailing Club Facebook group. See also Clubs & Organizations.

Withdrawals: See Adding and dropping coursesStudents who need to completely withdraw from the University should contact the Director of Avery Point Student Services (860-405-9024).