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UA to hold public forums on faculty rules, exams

The Undergraduate Association's Student Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP) will hold two public forums for undergraduates and recent alumni/ae this month to gauge student opinions on faculty rules and take-home exams.

Attendees at a session today (January 13) from 1-3pm in Dining Room 3 in the Stratton Student Center will discuss "How Should Rules Issues Be Resolved?" The faculty have a number of rules intended to ensure that students get the most out of their educational experience, but what happens when a faculty member contravenes these rules and causes a problem for students? Participants will be asked what they think should happen if a violation affected them.

"Should MIT Offer Take-Home Exams on an Honor System?" is the topic of the second session on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 2-4 pm in the Student Center's Mezzanine Lounge. The forum is being held at the request of the Faculty Policy Committee. Discussion will invite opinions on allowing professors to offer take-home exams on an honor system, in lieu of evening exams and/or some final exams, and if so, how such an honor system would work. Would it improve students' educational experiences and strengthen the MIT community?

Lunch will be served at both forums. RSVP to as soon as possible to be guaranteed a meal. Attendance is limited to undergraduates and recent alumni/ae, but faculty members, graduate students and administrators are encouraged to register their opinions by sending e-mail to

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 13, 1999.

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