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November 2012


Academic Related News

Class Withdrawal Deadline

Remember the last day to withdraw from a class is Friday, November 9 at 5pm. As you may already know, you can drop a class through SIS if you are in good standing and you will not fall below 12 hours if you drop a class. To withdraw from a class in SIS, from your student page go to the “other academic drop-down box,” and select “Enrollment: drop.”

If you are not in good standing, will fall below 12 hours if you drop a course, or just want to talk to someone in the UGS office before withdrawing from the class, please stop by Sears 357. You can find walk-in hours here.

Pass/No Pass

If you are planning on using the P/NP option for a class this semester you must complete the online form by 5pm on Friday, November 9 at 5pm.

Make sure you are aware of the P/NP rules before electing this option. The policy basically comes down to this:

  1. You need to be enrolled in at least 3 semester hours for an evaluative grade (in addition to the class you are taking P/NP)
  2. The course cannot be one required for your major, minor, or SAGES requirement, with the following caveat, if it is a required course, you can use the P/NP option, but you will not be able to use that class to fulfill a requirement and will need to take the class again for an evaluative grade.
  3. It cannot be used for a class that you are already taking as a repeated course
  4. Students majoring in any Weatherhead School of Management major (accounting or management) may not use the Pass/No Pass option for any Weatherhead School of Management courses (ACCT, BAFI, BLAW, ENTP, LHRP, MGMT, MIDS, MKMR, OPMT, ORBH, OPRE, PLCY), either required or elective.

You can view the complete policy in the 2012-2013 General Bulletin

Information for January 2013 Graduates

If you are planning on graduating in January, 2013, please double check your AA report to make sure that everything says "all satisfied". If all is "not satisfied" you should follow up with a dean in the UGS office ASAP.

Reasons your AR report may not indicate everything is all satisfied include:

  • Missing writing portfolio- If you have not yet started this process, information on what you need to do to hand in your portfolio can be found here.
  • You have a class exception and you are currently in that class. The exception will not appear is SIS until you have a final grade in the class.
  • You need to submit an AR correction form.

If your plans have changed and you are no longer planning on graduating in January, please contact the UGS office so your SIS record can be updated to ensure that you can register for the spring semester.

Final Exams- Verify Your Schedule Now

Please verify your final exam schedule now. Make sure that all of your travel plans are after your final exams. You can find the Final Exam dates hereYou should also consult your syllabi for all of your classes.

Students are not required to take more than two final examinations on a single day. A student who has three final exams scheduled for a single day or two exams scheduled at the same time, should contact Dean Wolcowitz in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears 357 or 368-2928 for assistance.

Be Prepared: Exam Schedule for Classes with and SI

Plan ahead. If you have not already checked out the dates and times of exams that have an SI.


Remember students can take up to 19 hours without needing an overload. While the normal course load for students is still 15-18 hours, you are able to enroll in up to 19 hours. However, before you start enrolling in that many hours, I would urge you to ask yourself do I really need that extra course? Could I be spending time doing community service, volunteer work, research, etc., that I will not have time to do if I am taking 19 hours.

To register for 20-21 hours, you must have at least a 3.200 cumulative gpa. To register for 22 or 23 hours, a minimum of average of 3.50 is required. Any schedule of more than 19 hours require's dean's approval.

If you meet the requirements to overload and you want to add a class, you can email Dean DiIulio (students A-G), Dean Hamel (students H-O) or Dean Butler (students P-Z) your request. Please include how many hours you are requesting, the class that you want to add and why. We may be able to approve your request online.

Have you applied for May 2013 Graduation?

The application to apply for May 2013 graduation opens on November 12, the first day you can register for classes for the spring. The application is in SIS. Under the "other academics" drop down box, select "Apply for Graduation" and complete the application. Your AR report does NOT need to say "all satisfied" to complete the application.


How To Find Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors

he SOURCE Office will be hosting multiple sessions on how to find Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors.

Tuesday Nov. 13 4pm Nord 410
Thursday Nov. 29 4:30pm Nord 410
Monday Dec. 3 8:30am Nord 410

Please visit the SOURCE website for updates on locations and to register.

ESS Workshop Series

Educational Services for Students (ESS) is conducting a series of workshops to enhance students' academic skills. By attending these workshops students will learn ways to be more effective and efficient learners.

You can register for a workshop no later than 5 p.m. the day before the workshop. All workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the ESS Electronic Learning Center (464 Sears Building). These workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions, please contact Rhonda Moore or call 216.368.3790.

Example workshops include:

Presentation Skills
Time Management Skills
Preparing for Finals and many other topics.

Second Year Institute

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership, with support from the Second Year Experience, is bringing back a coveted opportunity, exclusive to second year students, the Second Year Involvement Institute.  We know that as second years you have specific questions you are trying to answer as you look to confirm your major and involvement choices and we want to help you map out an involvement plan that will excite you and energize your remaining time on campus!

This overnight, off campus experience, will be held January 18th (the bus will leave campus at 6 PM) - 19th , and will give you the opportunity to:

  • Meet other second year students (expand your social circle and meet new students!!!)
  • Interact with upper-class peer facilitators who will guide the activities and discussions (find a mentor who can share their experiences)
  • Reflect on where you are now (your three semesters of previous involvement)
  • Envision where your involvement journey can take you (in your remaining time on campus)
  • Map out how you will get where you want to go from where you are today

Spaces will be given out on a first come first serve basis for this highly interactive, one time program so email today if you are interested.  The registration period will officially close December 10th but we have a limited number of spaces available so don’t miss out!!!

Question? email

Arts and Sciences and Management Internships and Career Fairs

In our effort to expand the geographic base, job functions, and number of internship and job opportunities available to students, the Career Center joined Career and Internship Connections (CIC) – a consortium managed by the University of Rochester and populated by 16 other highly ranked, selective private research and liberal arts institutions.

The consortium will host events in four cities – Boston; Los Angeles; New York; and Washington, DC; - in early January over winter break. Each event combines a morning career fair with an afternoon of pre-scheduled interviews and offers opportunities to current undergraduate students with heavy emphasis on careers for Arts and Sciences and Business. All majors are welcome to participate; however, the appeal for Engineering or Nursing students would likely be for those seeking alternate career paths. Last year approximately 78 employers attended the NYC event, 60 each attended Boston and Washington, DC, and about 38 attended LA. Similar numbers are expected to attend this year’s events.

More information can be found on the Career Center's website at CICS, and in CWRULink. You must register online in advance to gain access to the employer and position listings. You can apply online in advance for the afternoon pre-scheduled interviews. Those preselected will sign up for interview timeslots during December. Even those not preselected can attend the career fair portion. Some students who attend the morning career fair may get afternoon interviews from attending the career fair. As with any career fair, students may also be offered interviews via phone or in person at a later date, and still others may not get interviews at all.

This is a highly competitive event. It is strongly recommend that interested students visit the Career Center for a resume review before applying/attending.

Important Upcoming Dates

Deadline for completing incompletes from spring November 9
Deadline for Class Withdrawal (non- first year) November 9
Last Day to Submit Pass/No Pass by 5pm (online form) for upperclass students, including new first semester transfer students) November 9
Registration for Spring 2013 Begins November 12
Thanksgiving Break November 22-23
Last Day of Classes December 7
Reading Days December 10, 14
Final Exams Begin December 11
Final Exams End December 19
Final Grades Due December 21
Fall Awarding of Degrees January 18, 2013

Click here fore a complete 5 year academic calendar.


Dean's Study Break

Join Dean Wolcowitz for a study break on Monday, December 3 at 4-5:30pm in Hovorka Atrium. These will be casual occasions marked by good food and beverage and providing an opportunity to chat informally with Dean Wolcowitz, with invited guests, and with one another.  You should feel free to come for any part or all of the time.

Support Your Fellow Student Athletes

From football to soccer to volleyball, many of your friends are competing on varsity athletic teams. Show your Spartan spirit and come out and cheer for them! Check out the Athletics web site for a complete listing of schedules.

University Community Hour

The University Community Hour is scheduled every Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 12:30 to 2 p.m. No required academic activities of any type may be scheduled during this period. The University Community Hour facilitates student and faculty attendance at campus-wide gatherings and special events, especially those that foster community building at Case Western Reserve University. See the schedule for more information on topics and locations.

Public Affairs Discussion Groups

The Center for Policy Studies at Case hosts a public affairs discussion group Friday's at 12:30 pm in the Inamori Center in Crawford Room 9 (basement). Discussions run the gamut of topics from medical issues to the environment to the courts. The discussion this week is on Finding a Cure: The Case for Regulation and Oversight of Electronic Health Record Systems.

This is a great way to learn about issues that are of interest to you as you move forward in your college and professional career as well as to meet other people interested in similar topics.

For more information about these and other Center for Policy Studies programs, please visit the Center for Policy Studies web site.

Requesting Class Exceptions

Use a Special Request (Petition) form for special exception to a regulation or curriculum requirement.