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Community Norms for Lyman Briggs College

In the spirit of an inclusive residential community, we all use professional language and customary courtesy in spoken and written communication with one another, with our students, and with visitors to the College. Our work together is underpinned by integrity and mutual respect.

College business is conducted during regular business hours, and we are mindful of the constraints that each person's schedule imposes on their ability to respond to requests for assistance or information:

  • For staff, work hours generally begin at 8am, include a lunch break from 12-1pm and end with prompt departure at 5pm. If a staff member is not present during regular work hours, it's safe to assume that there is a good reason and they have received advance agreement from their supervisor. Staff customarily use a sign on their door (and, for extended absences, a voice or email message) to note when they will return and where visitors can go for assistance.

  • Faculty have similar working hours, but they are often away from their desks (and computers) for extended periods to time due to teaching, research, and service commitments. Classes can run 1-3 hours at a stretch and, due to faculty members' joint appointments, may be held in other buildings. Scholarly work also takes faculty out of Holmes. Hence, faculty customarily check email regularly to stay in good contact when out of Holmes.

  • Advisors' schedules sometimes include entire days booked solid with student appointments and evening/weekend hours devoted to recruitment or advising activities. They customarily check email to catch up with other business as their schedules allow.

  • Anyone contacting an LBC colleague out-of-hours should use non-intrusive methods such as email or a note. Bear in mind that the message will not be received or acted upon until at least the next working day.

When requesting assistance from another member of Briggs, please remember:

  • Advance notice is least disruptive and brings best results.

  • The person being asked for help may already be facing another critical deadline. That person is the best judge of when it will be possible to begin a new task.

  • If someone's door is closed and a "Meeting in Progress" sign is posted, this means the person is currently working to assist another community member. Please contact them at a different time or by a non-intrusive method such as email.

  • If someone's door is open, please ask whether they are available to assist, rather than assuming they are free.

  • In case of an emergency need for assistance, go directly to the Dean or one of the Associate Deans. They can help find appropriate aid most effectively.


Approved by the Dean and the BAC, November 4, 2016.
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