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UA Pushes for Enforcement of Faculty Rules

By Douglas E. Heimburger
Associate News Editor

The Undergraduate Association discussed the faculty rules which regulate examinations and deadlines for work near the end of term at the UACouncil meeting yesterday. The council took up the thorny issue of enforcing those rules, which have been been violated by professors in the past.

The plan is to distribute a flyer to students in the next few weeks that will explain the rules and to provide students with an e-mail address where students can report violations. Jeremy D. Sher '99, Next House's representative to the UA, said many students and faculty do not know that the rules even exist. "If you don't know them, you don't know you violated them."

For example, many students do not know that evening exams cannot exceed the length of a normal class period, Sher said. In addition, classes must make alternative exams available to students who have activity meetings during an evening exam.

The UA's Committee on Educational Policy will be responsible for tabulating the complaints and will send letters to faculty members notifying them of problems as they come up, Sher said. The committee will send a letter and a summary flyer to the professor, providing a "tap on the shoulder" to encourage them to stop the violations, Sher said.

"We're going to make it an objective that these violations stop,"Sher said. Students with complaints about faculty not following the rules can send e-mail to ua-cep@mit.edu, Sher said.

Band to play at spring weekend

In other news, a local band will be playing at SpringWeekend, UAPresident RichardY. Lee '97 said. In addition, Breugger's Bagel Bakery will provide refreshments for the concert.

The UA also approved amendments to the Association of Student Activities constitution. These procedural changes brought the constitution in line with the UAFinance Board bylaws, which has precedence, said UATreasurer Russell S. Light '98. The ASAhas been acting under the revised constitution for several years, but had never received council approval for the changes.

The UAalso discussed proposals for the Logan Shuttle, which may be offered at the end of this term.

Usage statistics from last term's shuttle were not available at the meeting because plans for a World Wide Web-based registration service fell through, said UAVice President Dedric A. Carter '98. In addition, many students may not have used the shuttle service because their reservations could not be confirmed, Carter said.

The council discussed having the shuttle make stops at Boston fraternities, but issues of time make it unlikely, Carter said.

The UAwill vote on a shuttle plan at its next meeting.