First Year Experience (FYE)

POLICY & PROCEDURES

POLICY AND PROCEDURES

FYE is a large department with a specific culture and expectations. We've done our best to outline those expectations below. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the content.

 

CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE AND UPKEEP

Due to the number and varying types of classes now using the studios, we will strictly enforce the following rules.  Please be mindful that others will use your classroom after your class is over. Make sure the room is tidy before you leave it.  To that end…

MODEL REQUESTS

Drawing instructors are allowed to order models (per semester) as follows:

Please email Roger and Viki Ford (vford@mica.edu) at least a week before you need the model.

GRAD AND UNDERGRAD CLASSROOM ASSISTANCE

FIELD TRIPS

Usually the department’s policy is to not pay for or subsidize class field trips, including transportation and/or admission fees.  [Except “Finding Baltimore”] However, the assistant chairs may make exceptions. 

GUARDIAN ANGEL FUND

This fund is for FYE students in need (according to their Financial Aid department status) to help students finance an ambitious project, participate fully in course activities, or assist them in emergent circumstances.  

The request must come from the instructor with the student’s name, amount needed and rationale.  Please try to know your student who is requesting help.  Sometimes you may have to privately ask if the student needs financial assistance.  Email your request to Roger. If approved, funds will be added to the student’s MICARD.

HOMEWORK GUIDELINES

For the average 3-credit hour course, it is reasonable to expect a student to work 3-5 hours outside of class. There may be weeks when your course requires more or less, but we ask that you be mindful that our FYE students take 4 studio courses and one academic course each semester which is a tremendous workload. 

During Fall break, we ask that all faculty in FYE refrain from assigning homework that will be due upon return from break. Ongoing homework is fine. We believe this time during fall break is a critical rest moment for our students and they need the time to catch up on work and to reset. Thank you for honoring this time by not assigning homework.