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Aug 17, 2017

Important information for fall semester

Provost updates, Faculty

Author: Office of the Provost

This update 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 short link for the page ( on your materials or download a Microsoft Word version. 

Faculty Convocation – August 23, 2017 (3-5 p.m.)

Please RSVP as soon as possible for the 35th Annual Faculty Convocation where you can hear comments from President Michael Rao as well as from our distinguished faculty award recipients: Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D. (School of Engineering); Michael C. Neale, Ph.D. (School of Medicine); Marcus Messner, Ph.D. (College of Humanities and Sciences); Therese A. Dozier, Ed.D., (School of Education); Pramit A. Nadpara, Ph.D. (School of Pharmacy); and Harinder S. Dhindsa, M.D. (School of Medicine).

For more information and to RSVP, visit

The Common Book – Dreamland

The 2017-2018 Common Book is Dreamland by Sam Quinones. 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 (Aug. 19-27), 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 Updates

The Provost Updates will resume regular postings this fall. This communique provides regular updates on activities within academic affairs at VCU as well as current issues or events related to academic affairs. Updates were posted sporadically throughout the summer, so please be sure to look at previous entries. Visit