Newsletter Fall 2008-09
Reminder: Add Day is Approaching
Just a friendly
reminder that the last day for adding courses and removing
incompletes is this Friday, October 17th. Please remember
to bring your add cards to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm on
New Course to Satisfy Additional Laboratory Requirement
Ph 8bc, Experiments
in Electromagnetism (3 units; second and third terms)
will now satisfy the Institute-wide “Additional Introductory
Laboratory” requirement. Both terms must be completed to satisfy
this requirement. With the creation of this new course, the
currently built-in lab component of Ph 1bc (Practical Track) is
split off to become this stand-alone course. Ph 1bc (Prac Track)
and Ph 8bc are designed to be taken currently however students
not taking Ph 1bc (Prac Track) may take Ph 8bc separately. There
will be an organizational meeting for this class in the winter
term. Watch for it in the Class Schedule.
Coming Winter Term: ch 3x - Fundamental Techniques of
time freshmen may choose to enter a lottery for enrollment in Ch
3x for winter term. The course will beta test a new
suite of experiments for Ch 3a and will satisfy the freshman
chemistry laboratory course requirement. 15 freshmen will be randomly selected on the first day of registration.
To enter the lottery, sign up
here or stop by
the Registrar's Office before November 19th.
Beginning Monday, October 20th,
Online Grading is coming to REGIS. Similar to the current
online freshmen progress reports, Instructors and
TAs will be able to log onto REGIS and submit midterm and final grades in addition to Freshmen
Progress Reports. A new Grade Reporting link will be
available within REGIS.
Students will be able to access their midterm grades and final
grades through REGIS as well with a new Grade Report feature.
slips, which notified students and advisers of midterm
deficiencies, will no longer be mailed. Now students
earning deficient midterm grades (C- or below) will receive an
email that is cc'd to their adviser notifying them of the grade.
Annual Notification of FERPA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords
students certain rights with
records. These rights include:
right to inspect and review their education records within
10 days of the day the Institute receives a request for
right to request an amendment to their education records
that they believe are
inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the
student's privacy rights under FERPA.
right to provide written consent before the Institute
discloses personally identifiable information from the
student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA
authorizes disclosure without consent.
right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education concerning alleged failures by the Institute to
comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Additional information regarding FERPA can now be found on the
Registrar's website at
Keep Connected with your Cell Phone
Especially for new students...
Be sure to add/update your mobile phone number
under My Personal Information in
In the event of fire, earthquake, or other emergency, Caltech's
notification system will send a voice message and SMS (Short
Message Service) text message to your mobile phone. SMS is
often more reliable when call volume is high. Check with
your mobile provider to verify if your plan and phone have text
Student-Faculty Conference - Monday, April 6,
2009 - Please hold the date