Dean's Date Reminders & Advice for First-Years and Sophomores

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dear Butler Freshmen and Sophomores,

With Dean’s Date approaching, here are some reminders about paper and take-home exam deadlines and guidelines for receiving extensions:


Dean's Date, the University deadline for the submission of all written work (except for take-home exams) is TUESDAY, May 15 at 5pm. Extensions beyond this time are normally given only for "compelling circumstances beyond your control" (such as illness or family emergencies), but if the deadline is near at hand and it looks like you can’t meet it for any reason, come talk to me or Dean Stirk before the deadlinePapers may NOT be accepted past Dean's Date without our prior approval. 


You can make an appointment to see me Tuesday morning or Monday by going to, and I am holding drop-in hours on Tuesday, 1:00-5:00

The same extension guidelines apply to the take-home exam deadline next week on MONDAY, May 21.  If, despite your best efforts, you cannot finish your work on time, see Dean Stirk or me to discuss an official extension--before the deadline has passed.  Deadlines cannot be altered after the fact.


Finally, as you complete your papers and exams, please remember that you should NEVER, EVER violate the academic integrity rules at Princeton.  It is better to accept a disappointing grade than to compromise your own integrity and risk suspension for a year, the usual penalty for a violation.  If you are ever feeling desperate, talk to me or Dean Stirk.  We are there to help, and it is always possible that your situation would warrant an extension. 


Please note as well that academic integrity violations may occasionally arise due to sloppiness and fatigue.  For the vast majority of you, if you exercise commonsense caution and apply the guidelines you have learned through Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, the Academic Integrity at Princeton handbook, and the writing seminar, you will have no problem.  Here, however, are some reminders to help you avoid any mistakes:


  1. As the Academic Integrity at Princeton handbook says, “when in doubt, cite” or ask your instructors whether a citation is needed.  (See


  1. Remember, when paraphrasing, you must also cite your source, and be sure that you sufficiently transform the paraphrased text so that you are not inadvertently quoting without using quotation marks. 


  1. Cite your sources as you use them and then double-check your citations before submitting your work.


If you have ANY questions or concerns about the next few weeks or just need a comforting word or good advice, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail or come to see me.  I am sure that your professors, faculty advisers, PAAs, and RCAs would also be happy to provide support and perspective


Good luck on your work!  This is a busy time, but you are almost at the finish line!



Dr. Lazen


Matthew Lazen, Ph.D.

Director of Studies

Butler College

Princeton University



Reception: 609-258-3474

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