TO: All BRGSJS Students
FROM: David Berger, Dean
DATE: August 19, 2014
As the fall semester approaches, I invite you to examine the list of courses and the academic calendar that are accessible on this website. The calendar contains information about critically important deadlines with both academic and financial implications. Please study it carefully.
As the calendar indicates, online registration extends from August 11-August 27. Instructions for online registration appear at the end of this memo. BRGSJS students are urged to avail themselves of this procedure.
In person registration for the fall semester will take place Monday-Wednesday, August 25-27 from 10:00-5:30. The registration process starts in the BRGSJS office (Deans Suite, 3rd floor, Furst Hall). Those students who cannot register online or at the specified time in person should call Ms. Washington at 646-592-4270 during regular office hours to make alternate arrangements.
Students should be aware that they must have a continuous record at BRGSJS. MA students who have completed the course work but are making up assignments and/or studying for the comprehensive examinations, or students who wish to take a leave of absence, must register in the appropriate category during the regular registration period.
Please note the October 23rd deadline for applying for the Comprehensive Examination for the January 2014 degree to be taken on December 18th. The deadline for applying for the Comprehensive Examination and graduation for the September 2014 degree has passed.
To take the examination a student must be an active student. This means that one must either be taking regular courses or be registered for Master’s Research. (Active Student status in the spring semester is sufficient to establish eligibility for the September examination.) In addition, the student must have completed all the courses for the MA or be in the process of completing them during the spring semester. Students taking 5000 level courses during the spring that are required in their concentration must receive special permission from the office of the Dean to take the May examination; for the Bible concentration, such permission will generally not be granted. Students with an “Incomplete” on their record are not eligible to take the examination unless they have submitted the work necessary to remove that "Incomplete."
Students who expect to graduate in January 2015 must file an application for the degree by October 23rd. Applications are filed with the Registrar's office. Students should make certain that their academic record is in order. They must also determine that the final transcript documenting their undergraduate degree is on file.
The work for a given semester should normally be completed by the end of that semester, and instructors may require that this procedure be followed. With the instructor's permission, students may take up to an additional semester and a summer to complete their work. Late work (two copies) may be filed with the BRGSJS office for transmission to the instructor. If the work is given directly to the instructor, a copy must nevertheless be filed with the office by the appropriate deadline. Fellowships will not be renewed and scholarships will not be granted if work is not submitted within this time frame. Recipients of scholarships who do not complete courses by the deadline and have not received an extension from the Dean in writing because of extraordinary circumstances will be liable to full payment for the courses in question. After the deadline, the course(s) in question may not be completed successfully and will not count toward the degree. Any additional courses that will consequently be needed to complete the degree will not be covered by financial aid.
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must file the appropriate form at the Revel office. If the form is submitted by October 1st, the course will not appear on the student's record. If it is submitted after this date but no later than December 3rd, it will appear on the student's record with a “ W”. University policy requires students who drop a course after October 1st to pay tuition for the course. Consequently, those who have already paid for it will not be eligible for a refund. Those who were granted a tuition scholarship for it will be billed.
December 3rd is the last day to drop a course. Students who do not file the appropriate form by that date must complete work in the course by the deadline(s) outlined in the section on Incompletes.
Unless they have a scholarship and/or fellowship award letter that applies to the full 2014-2015 academic year, MA students wishing to receive an award for Spring 2015 must submit a scholarship application. New applicants to the MA program wishing to receive an award for Spring 2015 must also file a scholarship application. The applications are available online and in the Revel office. Please be aware that scholarship funds for the academic year 2014-2015 have been largely committed, and so the availability of new scholarships for the spring semester will be limited.
Students who need parking arrangements should contact the Security Office at (212) 960-5200 as soon as possible. Space is limited.
As I look at the occasionally harsh formulations in this memo, which purportedly welcomes you to the spring semester at BRGSJS, I am reminded of a cartoon by the renowned political cartoonist Herblock, who wrote in an age that most students will not recall. In response to a proposal that all immigrants be fingerprinted, he drew an immigration official sitting behind a desk with a big smile on his face and his hand extended to a new immigrant. In the hand was an open inkpad. The caption read, “Put ‘er there, pal!”
How do I rectify this rather mixed message? My first reaction is inspired by the second chapter of the Greek textbook that I used as a YC student in the age of Herblock. It followed the chapter on the alphabet and dealt with accents. It began, as I recall all too distinctly, with a paragraph informing the reader that “a word with an acute accent on the ultimate syllable is called an oxytone, on the penultimate syllable—a paroxytone, on the antepenultimate syllable—a proparoxytone; a word with a circumflex accent on the ultimate syllable is a perispomenon, on the penultimate syllable—a properispomenon.” Even these authors, who were, as the remainder of the book confirmed, among the stellar students of the Marquis de Sade, felt a bit uneasy about this paragraph, and so they tried to make the student-reader feel better with a reassuring concluding sentence. The best they could do was the following: “These terms, though formidable, will save much laborious periphrasis.”
I am, then, tempted to conclude this memo by saying, “These instructions, deadlines, and dire warnings, though intimidating, will forfend much existential angst.”
Part of me, however, doubts that this is a very good idea, and so I can only say that I and the BRGSJS faculty and staff genuinely welcome you as you begin or continue your studies here. Put ‘er there, pal!
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Have a GREAT semester!
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