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CAP is an integral part of the UASO

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify and expand on a few points made in the feature article of The Tech ["UASO offers support for all MIT undergrads," Sept. 17].

This article indicates that "the committee (on Academic Performance) receives academic evaluations of all undergraduates..." It should be made clear that the Committee receives end-of-term summary sheets which draw attention to those undergraduates who are flagged by the Registrar's computer if their term rating is below 3.0; if they have 12 or more units of Incomplete during a given term or if they are registered for less than 36 units at the end of a term. After the Committee examines these records and considers departmental recommendations and recommendations from faculty advisors, it makes its evaluations and votes actions. (Warning, Required Withdrawal, No Action.)

In addition to its role in evaluating the academic performance of undergraduates, the Committee also acts with power in considering petitions from undergraduates: to add or drop a subject after the deadline; to extend the deadline for completing an Incomplete; to complete degree requirements by use of transfer credit and graduate as a non-registered degree candidate; to exceed an imposed credit while on Warning; and to be readmitted following a Required Withdrawal. The Committee also recommends S.B. degree candidates for graduation.

Hopefully, this illustrates more completely the role of the Committee on Academic Performance as an integral part of the UASO.

Stephen M. Patterson->

Staff Assistant->