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05.02.16: revised student code of conduct; Eastman on Coursera; study abroad photo contest; fitness classes; May calendar highlights

News and Announcements

Revised Student Code of Conduct Adopted

President and CEO Joel Seligman has adopted the recommendations of General Counsel Gail Norris and Dean Richard Feldman to revise the Student Code of Conduct. The new Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment has been added to the Code of Conduct, affording any student who believes he or she is a victim of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class the same relative rights and resources as those who are victims of sexual assaults. Seligman requested a review of the Code of Conduct last fall as part of a series of efforts demonstrating his and the University’s commitment to addressing issues of race, diversity, and inclusion on campus. Among the other actions taken at the time was the expedited launch of a bias-related incident reporting system that will allow staff to better report, track, and follow up on reported issues. Read more...

Eastman Launches First Coursera Course

The Eastman School of Music announces the launch of “The Blues: Understanding an American Art Form,” a free course on the learning platform Coursera, presented by pianist Dariusz Terefenko, associate professor of jazz studies. Read more...

Reader's Choice: Vote for Your Favorite Study Abroad Photo

Members of the University community are invited to vote for their favorite photos among the first round of judges’ selections for the eighth edition of Rochester Review’s Study Abroad Photo Contest. The contest features photos taken by undergraduates who participated in academic programs sponsored by the Center for Education Abroad during 2015. Voting is open until 9 a.m. Friday, May 6. The judges’ selections will appear in the July-August issue of Rochester Review.

Get Fit with Well-U Fitness Classes and WalkingWorks Challenge

Registration remains open for the current session of Well-U fitness classes that run from May 2 to June 24. All classes are free for University faculty and staff.  Registration is online only. See the class schedule and follow the links to register. Well-U also encourages employees to register for WalkingWorks. Participants can track their daily activities and progress over the course of four weeks, while competing with coworkers to log the most activity. The challenge runs through May 27, and registration will remain open throughout the challenge. 

Rochester in the News

What Are the Odds of Other Intelligent Life in the Universe?

CBS News, April 28
"What are the odds that intelligent life evolved on Earth and nowhere else among the 20 billion trillion stars in the observable universe across 13.8 billion years of cosmic history? About one in 10 billion trillion, according to researchers writing in the journal Astrobiology—meaning it's very, very unlikely humanity is unique across the sweep of cosmic space and time. Even if life evolves on only one planet in a billion orbiting in the habitable zone of its star—the region where water can exist as a liquid and life as it's known on Earth could, in theory, evolve—"that still means it's happened on the order of 10 trillion times," says Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy."


Beach Ball Event to Support Summer Learning for City Students

“Summer Learning is a Ball” is an event benefiting city students taking part in the University’s summer enrichment program Horizons at Warner. Faculty, staff, students, friends and families are invited to stop by Wilson Commons, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today to sign the eight-foot beach ball that Horizons students will use throughout the six-week program on the River Campus. Ralph Honda will donate $1 for every signature on the ball. Read more...

Explore May Events at the University 

The University Events Calendar has highlighted a selection of events happening at the University in May—including “Cineshape,” a special performance featuring pianist and composer Amy Williams (pictured), along with the JACK Quartet, flutist Linsey Goodman, and percussionist Scott Christian, on Tuesday, May 3.

Mindfulness Workshop and Presentation

Well-U will lead an interactive yoga workshop and a presentation on mindfulness today in Helen Wood Hall, 1W509. The presentation will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. and includes a discussion on mindfulness practices such as body scan and meditation. The workshop will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and includes chair-based exercises in mindfulness to help manage stress. Regular work attire is appropriate for both events. Enroll online. Contact with questions.

View more events on the University Events Calendar.
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