Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall 2010 E-Newsletter Issue #6

Important DatesDec 6- Study Day (no academic day classes) IESL has regularly scheduled classes
Dec 7-9- Finals
Dec 9- Last day of instruction
Dec 15- Grades available online
Dec 24- IP Office is closed in observance of the Christmas holiday
Dec 31- IP Office is closed in observance of the New Year holiday
Jan 3- Winter quarter classes begin

Office Hours During Break

During the break the IP office is open for regular hours (M-F 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm), with the exception of holidays , Dec 24 and 31. Winter 2011 New Student Orientation is scheduled from 12/28 through the morning of 12/30. No advisors will be available to see current students during that time.

Check your I-20 Expiration Date!

You must always have a valid I-20. If your I-20 is about to expire then you must apply for a new one before it expires. Bring your I-20 to the IP office IMMEDIATELY and we can help you. You can see if your I-20 expiration date by reading #5 on the first page.

Traveling outside the US?
You must get a signature on your I-20 before you leave! If you have had your I-20 signed within six months of your return date you do not need another signature. Also, we recommend that you print out your class schedule for winter quarter and carry it with your documents. If you are questioned upon re-entry to the US it is handy to have that. Plan to fly out after finals and return before classes start on January 3rd. Be aware that if you miss the first two days of class your seat can be given away to another student, even if you already paid tuition.

Tuition for Winter quarter is due by January 3, 2011
You may pay as early as you are ready. To avoid long lines on the first day of the quarter make your payment prior to the deadline. You can make your payment here using online services.

IESL Announcements

· IESL students who are registered to attend GRCC during Winter Quarter 2011 will be able to view their schedules on-line, beginning Friday, December 31st, after 12PM.
· IESL classes are in session on Study Day, December 6th!
· IESL finals are taking place on Monday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 7th. Your teachers will fill you in on the time and location of each final.
· Be sure to pay any outstanding fines you may have, before the quarter ends. This includes CCA charges, library fines, or parking fines.

IESL ATTENDANCE POLICY & PROCEDUREIn-class participation is crucial to the nature of the Intensive English program; therefore attendance is very important in learning English. In-class activities cannot be duplicated; therefore there are no excused absences. Absent is absent. Ten or more minutes late will also be considered absent. The attendance policy and procedure is as follows:
1 - 4 absences- Any missed tests or quizzes or in-class assignments or in-class activities cannot be made up. If such assignments or quizzes/tests are missed, the student’s grade will reflect those missed scores.
5 absences- Student will be placed on IESL academic alert. Student will meet with the IESL director to discuss an appropriate action plan to achieve success in class. Student will receive a written warning detailing academic alert process, expectations of the action plan and consequences for not meeting these expectations.
6 absences- Student will meet with the IESL director and be issued with a 2nd written warning. All attempts will be made to contact the student via phone, email, texting, etc.
7 absences- Student will be notified of a 3rd warning that any further absences will result in dismissal from the IESL.
8 absences- Student will be withdrawn from his/her classes and immediately dismissed from the IESL. Tuition will not be refunded. Student has the right to appeal his/her dismissal to the Dean of International Programs.


Campus Safety

* GRCC Safety Alert- Subscribe to GRCC Safety Alert and keep informed of Campus emergencies, safety issues and inclement weather emergency closures. This is a FREE service available to all GRCC students. Click here to learn more and to subscribe.
* Send a Red Flag- GRCC has an information reporting system. Please click here to report any suspicious behavior or security threats on campus. In a true emergency please call 911 first to contact the police, the fire department or to get emergency medical help.
* Campus Safety Rides are available from dusk until 11:00 pm on Sunday through Thursday, and dusk until 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday within 1.5 miles of campus. Call 253-797-4868 which will put you in direct contact with the driver of the van that night. Be safe, use Safety Rides!

Campus Resource Links

Contact InformationIP Telephone 253-288-3300
Alvin Tai: ttai@greenriver.edu
Jessica Galán: jgalan@greenriver.edu
John Tankersley: jtankersley@greeniver.edu
Kirsten Weber: kweber@greenriver.edu

If you have any feedback or comments regarding this newsletter, please email ipadvising@greenriver.edu
Disclaimer: Green River Community College has made reasonable efforts to provide in this schedule information that is accurate at the time of publication. However, the college reserves the right to make appropriate changes in procedures, policies, calendars, requirements, programs, courses, and fees. When feasible, changes will be announced prior to their effective dates, but the college assumes no responsibility for giving any particular notice of any such changes. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to create any offer to contract or any contractual rights. Green River Community College does not discriminate against anyone based on race, ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or status as a disabled person or veteran of war, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students needing an alternative medium for communicating must contact Disability Support Services in Educational Planning, ext. 2631. Limitation of Liability: The college's total liability for claims arising from a contractual relationship with the student in any way related to classes or programs shall be limited to the tuition and expenses paid by the student to the college for those classes or programs. In no event shall the college be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss of earnings or profits.

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