Academic Life

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The registrar's office is a good starting point for academic matters. Through this office students register for classes, change advisers, obtain enrollment verification, discuss and seek approval of transfer credit, and learn of their progress toward graduation. Staff members also work with students on issues related to academic probation and waivers of policy, as well as changes to student records.

Faculty adviser

First-year students are assigned a faculty adviser. Students should be encouraged to initiate conversations with advisers as well as deans and faculty members. Students can change advisers as necessary, and should consult with the registrar's office if they have questions about changing advisers.

Academic assistance and tutoring

Discussion of the need for help should begin with a student's instructor or adviser, and for some problems the answer is tutoring, arranged through the student services office. A weekly hour of tutoring in a course is offered at no charge, and one-on-one tutoring is available for every class at Reed. Other sources of help on a walk-in basis include centers for writing, mathematics, sciences, and quantitative skills. Students experiencing any type of academic difficulty can also consult with the deans in student services. Check the Academic Support website for more information.

Support for students with disabilities

The college is committed to providing needed services to students experiencing physical, psychological, attentional, or learning disabilities. These services can include referral for testing and diagnosis; arrangements for tutoring, interpreting or notetaking; elimination of physical barriers where possible; and communication with faculty members about academic adjustment or alternative ways of fulfilling course requirements. Go to the Disability Support Services website for more information.

Computing resources and support

Hundreds of computers are available for student use in central computing and specialized labs, classrooms, and in the library. High-speed network ports are available campus-wide, including in residence hall rooms, and wireless network coverage is extensive and growing. A variety of site-licensed software is available for student use in campus facilities and on personal computers. The computer help desk, staffed by students and professionals, is open daily. The majority of the Reed community uses Macintosh computers, which are available at educational prices through the college computer store. We operate an Apple-certified repair shop and offer excellent support for the Macintosh platform. Visit the Computing and Information Services website for more information.

Parents' access to student information

The Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of education records and establishes the right of students to review their records. The college sends each incoming student information explaining the options for release of information to parents. The student and parents agree on the notification option and return the access form to the registrar. If the form is not returned, information on academic records will not be provided to parents without the student's written consent.

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