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Aug 12, 2016

Important information for fall semester

Provost updates, Faculty, Academics

Gail Hackett, Ph.D.

This message is a reminder of important information regarding the upcoming fall semester. 

Syllabus statements
The updated statements for syllabi and blackboard pages are available here. You can either include the link for the page ( on your materials or download a Word version.

Faculty Convocation – August 23, 2016
Please RSVP as soon as possible for the 34th Annual Faculty Convocation where you can hear comments from President Michael Rao as well as from our distinguished faculty award recipients: Michael D. Davis, Ph.D.; M. Samy El-Shall, Ph.D.; Sonya Y. S. Clark; Jay S. Albanese, Ph.D.; Susan Tinsley Gooden, Ph.D.; Matthew L. Banks, Pharm.D., Ph.D.; and Sarah Golding, Ph.D. For more information and to RSVP visit

The Common Book – Just Mercy
The 2016-2017 Common Book is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. First-year students received a copy of the book at orientation this summer and were asked to read it before returning to campus in August. During Welcome Week (August 20-28, 2016), students will exchange ideas on the book through small-group discussions. Following Welcome Week, the program broadens to involve the entire university community in conversations, events and other learning opportunities throughout the academic year.  For more information, visit

Provost’s Weekly Update
The Provost’s Weekly Update will resume regular postings on August 19. This weekly communique provides regular updates on activities within academic affairs at VCU as well as current issues or events related to academic affairs. 

Best wishes for a terrific fall semester!