Frequently Asked Questions

New Faculty & Staff

All mission-critical information, like employee ID, how to view your pay stub, phones, etc. is available here for new employees:

New & Used Faculty & Staff

Almost any question you may have about general college procedures, tenure review, curriculum, the staff directory, holidays, etc. is found at
Faculty, in particular, should download the Faculty Handbook, which answers almost every imaginable question you may have about Foothill's classroom policies for faculty.


All email questions can be answered by accessing this link:

Class Lists/Grades/Enrollment Data

You can access your class lists, turn in grades, etc. in your faculty portal, Your username and password are the same as your mail username and password.
Note: New Portal comes online in May/June 2010. See:

Keys & Room Access

If you need a key, or access to a room, contact Kay Thornton, our Facilities Coodinator. Alternately, you can contact Sindy Olsen, our Administrative Assistant.

Cleaning Issues/Security Issues/Network Issues/Various and Sundry Beefs

If a room is left a mess by someone before you, unlocked, the network is down, or you just have a complaint, contact Mark Anderson, Division Dean.

Auditing Classes

Our Division has a firm "no audit" policy. Students must be enrolled and have paid fees in order to sit in your classroom.
They may, however, choose the pass/no pass option when they enroll.

How To Make A PDF Document

Paper is bad, it costs us lots of money, students just throw them away. If you learn to make PDF documents instead of using paper, it saves the environment, our B budget and is, in many cases, easier for the students to deal with. Here's a handy tutorial!

Dropping Students

Generally, all enrollment is the student's responsibility, including dropping classes if they choose. You may, however, have a different policy, which should be
clearly spelled out in your syllabus.

Course Syllabus/Green Sheet

You are required to give each student enrolled in your classes a course syllabus/green sheet at the first class meeting. It can be on paper or in electronic form, like ETUDES. In it, you should clearly spell out all of the course due dates, your add/drop policy, late work policy, disruptive behavior policy, your contact information and your office hours, in addition to all pertinent academic information (books, course calendar, etc.).

One very critical piece of information is your policy on academic honesty - what happens if you catch a student cheating? Some students may not understand what "cheating" means, so if you rain all over them for cheating, but haven't spelled out what that is, they have a legitimate gripe. You cannot fail a student in a course for a single act of cheating, now matter how egregious! You can only fail them for the assignment/test in question. If you would like to read the State Chancellor's Office Policy on this issue, click here.

The course syllabus is, in fact, a legal contract between you and the student. If everything is spelled out in the syllabus, it eliminates all ambiguities and makes it easy to resolve disputes should they arise. Your syllabus must be on file in the Division Office each quarter by the end of week 1


Grades are generally due 3 working days after your last final. During the regular academic year (Fall, Winter & Spring Quarters) they are due to A&R on Wednesday at 5PM the week after finals. If you submit grades through the Portal, the same deadline applies.

Fine Arts & Communication

Art History
Krause Center For Innovation
Theatre Arts
Visual Arts