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In the Classroom

Student Waitlist Policy

Students are not allowed to attend a course for which they are waitlisted. As faculty, you are required to ask students to leave if they are not officially enrolled in the course. Students who do not appear on your class roster should be directed to Enrollment Services (1 Washington Square North, Room 102).

Communication with Students

At the beginning of each semester please be explicit about how students should communicate with you (e.g., phone, email, discussion board) for various purposes. Please respond to students in a timely manner (at least within one business day of receipt of voice mail or email) throughout the semester, as well as for one month after the end of the semester for grading issues. You are also expected to inform students at the beginning of each semester about expectations for handing work in on time; the School’s procedures for requesting extensions for late papers; and the consequences for not following the proper procedures according to the School’s grading system.

Assignments

It is important to inform students at the beginning of each semester about expectations for handing work in on time; the School's procedures for requesting extensions for late papers; and the consequences for not following the proper procedures according to the School's grading system.

Courses should have at least 2 required assignments. It is important to inform students at the beginning of the semester about the basis for grading in your course. In your discussion with students regarding assignments, it is important to clearly convey your expectations and the need for careful attention to general presentation (grammar, spelling, and requirements for citing sources). If you are concerned about a student’s writing abilities, feel free to refer the student to the Writing Center (which is free of charge), and let the student’s academic advisor know about your recommendation.

Please note that students may need several weeks to complete midterm and final assignments, especially since they typically have assignments from multiple courses due around the same times. Assignments should be given as early as possible. If a student needs an extension, he/she must discuss this with the instructor, who must fill out an Incomplete Grade Request Form.

Final assignments can be returned to students in a self-addressed stamped envelope, which students should provide when submitting their assignment.

Student Attendance

Students are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend classes and field learning, and they should not register for classes for which they anticipate having to miss significant portions. As per School’s policy, to receive credit for a course a student must be in regular attendance and satisfactorily complete all examinations and other assignments prescribed by the instructor. Instructors and faculty advisors should clearly state what their attendance expectation is at the beginning of the semester.

Classroom Performance Concerns

When academic and/or performance concerns arise in the classroom, you should notify the relevant Curriculum Area Chair to discuss your concerns and possible resolutions. These situations may include:

  • Excessive absences
  • Inconsistent performance or classroom behavior
  • Chronic lateness or missed assignments

Class Cancellation

In the event that you need to cancel a class, you must contact your support staff person, who will post a notice on the classroom door and an email an announcement via NYU Classes stating that your class has been canceled. For evening classes, instructors must notify the support staff person before 5:00 pm. The Curriculum Area Chair must also be notified and apprised of your plan to make up the missed class. A make-up plan is also required for classes canceled for religious holidays.

COURSE EVALUATION

The NYU Silver School of Social Work uses an online survey for students to evaluate each course, course instructor, field advisor, field instructor, and field placement.Students complete the survey anonymously by near the end of the semester; all data are confidential. You will have the opportunity to review your evaluations, including students’ comments. Evaluation results are also available to the MSW Program Director, Curriculum Area Chairs, and students.

In addition to the evaluation at the end of the semester, the instructor and field advisor may choose to conduct a mid-semester evaluation. If you choose to do so, we suggest allotting at least 10 minutes at the end of a class for completion. Mid-semester evaluations are for individual faculty use only. Discuss the feedback with the students the following week, and include in your discussion any changes that may need to be made. If you have questions about the course evaluation process or the evaluation itself, contact the Curriculum Area Chair or the MSW Program Director.

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  • Classroom support hotline: 347-853-0574
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Classroom Facilities

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