CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE: The headline for this letter, “SCEP does not make policy,” is ambiguous. UA SCEP is involved with making education-related policy at MIT, but not the specific end-of-term policies referenced in this letter.

SCEP does not make policy

Thank you for reminding students of the end-of-term policies in “Know your end-of-term policies” article by Adisa Kruayatidee in the Dec. 6, 2011 issue of the Tech. I would like to clarify one point in the article.

The written end-of-term policies are not a collaboration between the Office of the Chair of the Faculty and the UA Student Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP). The policies are in fact part of the official Regulations of the Faculty at MIT as recorded at http://web.mit.edu/faculty/governance/rules/, and are binding on the MIT faculty. SCEP does not enforce the policies, but works on behalf of the students and in collaboration with the Office of the Chair of the Faculty to make sure MIT faculty are aware of and in compliance with the Regulations.

I encourage students to review their syllabi, both now and in future terms, and not to hesitate to contact us at http://ua.mit.edu/issues/educational_policy/violations/ or at violations@mit.edu if you have any concerns about classes. The earlier in a semester you contact us, the more we can do. Online reports can be filed anonymously, and we will look into and attempt to resolve any concern brought to us.

On behalf of all of SCEP, best of luck to everyone with all Regulations-compliant exams, assignments, and final projects.

Paul M. Kominers, UA SCEP Chair