Category Archives: Student Success/Tips

Writing professional e-mails

Professional e-mails (those going to a professor or to a prospective employer) are different from personal e-mails or text messages in several ways.

  • Include a descriptive and detailed subject line for the e-mail. See the following examples:
    • Poor: I have a question
    • Better: ENG1101 Homework
    • Best: ENG1101 Homework due 9/6/2011, Problem 3.5
  • Address the person you are e-mailing (e.g., Hello Dr. Smith,).
  • Use full sentences.
  • Use capitals and punctuation.
  • Do not shorten words (i.e., use “you” instead of “u”).
  • Spell check the e-mail.
  • Sign the e-mail.
    • Thank you,
    • Your Name
    • Your Contact Information

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Academic Suspension

A student that is on probation two semesters in a row is automatically suspended from the university (see www.admin.mtu.edu/catalog/university/academic/#standing). The student is able to appeal the suspension by submitting a petition on-line at www.sa.mtu.edu/dean/forms.html by clicking on the link “Petition to Appeal Academic Suspension/Dismissal.” When filling out this form, it is best to prepare answers in a word processor that will allow a spell check. Proof read the responses before copying and pasting them into the on-line form. For a first notice of academic suspension, when the appeal is not granted, the student is not allowed to attend Michigan Tech for at least one semester plus a summer. It is recommended that the student spend this time productively, for example by gaining employment and/or taking classes at another institution.