The following handout outlines a few do’s and don’ts for emailing your professor.
Remember : E-mail is forever. Once you send it off, you cannot get it back. Your professor owns it and can do with it what he or she wants (like forwarding it to others). At UNC, all e-mail sent on a University server is saved.
Don’t embarrass yourself: Remember to proofread before you hit Send. Mistakes might be interpreted as humor or an insult.
Don’t expect an immediate response: Professors have different work schedules. Twenty-four hours is a standard window for an e-mail response during the business week.
Don’t complain about grades: Unless you have been specifically advised to use e-mail for grading topics or issues, don’t. Go to office hours and discuss grade questions face-to-face.
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