Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

For the Policies and Procedures of the University, please visit Tulane’s Student Resources information page.

Stone Center Policies

Grades

Students must maintain a 2.0 average in the major program to satisfy the degree requirements of Latin American Studies. The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of quality hours (see Undergraduate Catalogue for more information on quality points).

Federal law prohibits the release of grades or other confidential information to third parties, including parents and guardians, unless the student provides written authorization for release of such information to the associate dean. Such as request may be made by the student at any time.

Grievances and Grade Changes

When students have a complaint to register about a particular class, a professor or a grade, they should make an appointment with the Assistant Undergraduate Advisor.

In most cases grievances grow out of courses. It is important to understand that grievances attach to the department in which a course is offered. Thus, if a student in the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary program seeks to resolve a problem arising from a Sociology course, it must be pursued through the Sociology Department. Courses which originate in the Center for Latin American Studies will be handled by the appropriate Center administrators. In every case disputes are handled at the lowest level first (discuss the problem with the professor) and then move up the Center and, finally, college chain.

The university grievance policy is available either in the Center or in the college division office. It is a lengthy document which describes procedures to be followed when the Center procedures have not worked to satisfy all parties.

The Center for Latin American Studies policy is as follows:

  • The Executive Director designates the Undergraduate Advisor to serve as the chair of the grievance committee in the case of an undergraduate level grievance.
  • If the Undergraduate Advisor is the object of the grievance hearing or if some other conflict of interest arises, then the Executive Director of the Center will serve as the chair of the grievance committee.
  • If a complaint cannot be resolved by informal mediation within seven days of its referral to the Undergraduate Advisor, the student will be informed of his or her right to bring the matter before the Center grievance committee. The student will be granted 24 hours from the time of notification of right of grievance hearing to notify the chair of the committee of his or her decision to seek redress through the committee. The chair will schedule the hearings, if requested, within 48 hours of such notification.
  • Requests by parties involved in the grievance process for extensions of the above time limits shall be entertained by the chair and granted only in extreme cases.
  • The Center grievance committee shall consist of three faculty members. At least one will be a Latin americanist faculty member with a departmental affiliation. Members of the grievance committee will be appointed by the Executive Director and will serve for a term of three years.
  • The chair of the committee will advise the committee members of the name of the student and shall notify the student of the composition of the committee at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • Requests by the student to remove a faculty member from the committee for cause or by committee members to remove themselves for cause shall be entertained by the chair of the committee and granted only in extreme cases.
  • The chair of the committee will not serve as a committee member but shall serve as moderator of all grievance hearings.
  • Both the student and the instructor have the right to submit written statements of their opinions concerning the grievance to the grievance committee and shall be encouraged to do so. Both parties shall also have the right to appear before the committee during the hearing and shall be encouraged to do so. Neither party is obligated to submit a written opinion nor to appear. Choice regarding these options shall not be weighed in committee deliberations.
  • Instructors against whom grievances are filed are obligated to submit to the committee all written materials (test, papers, record of grades, attendance and records, and so forth) which bear directly on the grievance case.
  • Parties giving testimony in a hearing shall be segregated before and during testimony.
  • Testimony, but not committee deliberation during a grievance, shall be tape-recorded and tapes kept on file for six months after the hearing.
  • The committee shall render a decision in the grievance matter within three days of the hearing. Committee records should contain not only the decision but an explanation of the grounds upon which the decision was reached. Summary statements of decisions and their grounds shall be sent by the chair of the committee to the student, the faculty member against whom the grievance was filed, and the dean of the college division.
  • If the Center grievance procedure does not achieve a mutually satisfactory conclusion, the student will have recourse to the university’s appellate procedures.

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Final Push Fridays: Graduate Research & Writing Support

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Every Friday from 10am-12pm CDT, The Latin American Library and Stone Center are co-hosting a virtual work-along for Latin Americanist graduate students to support each other in their research and writing goals. The Zoom meeting has two break-out options: participants may choose to troubleshoot research and methodological questions with an LAL librarian and/or work towards their writing objectives alongside a community of their peers. We hope you will join us when you can!

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.