Email Policy


Students should limit their emails to serious problems that cannot be addressed during office hours. The vast majority of questions can be answered during Office Hours. Email should not be used for information that is readily available in course materials (syllabus, onQ, etc.) or from fellow students.

If you are writing to discuss an absence due to a brief illness, please consult the instructions for Requesting Excused Absences. Depending on your circumstances, you may not need to email me to alert me of your request to take an excused absence.


If you believe your situation warrants an email, please feel free to send me a professional email. If you are unsure of how to write an email to a professor, please consult this amusing take on the genre that gives you a useful template.

Correspondance from any student enrolled in a FREN course should be in French, which adds only a mild wrinkle.  As a general rule, avoid all use of “tu” conjugations; correspondance between professors and students is characterized by the use of “vous”.


Please note that I do not read email between 5pm and 9am.  Please allow at least 24 hours from the time I have read an email for a response.