Note: All email addresses below have an @cs.brown.edu suffix.
Alex St. Laurent
CIT 227 (Moonlab)
CIT 271 (Fishbowl)
CIT 271 (Fishbowl)
In general, please always send email to the entire course staff by writing to cs173tas. This goes to all the TAs, the Head TA, and the Professor.
If you have a sensitive issue that you don’t want the TAs to see, write to cs173headtas. This goes only to the Head TA and the Professor.
If you have an issue that you don’t want even the Head TA to see, you can always write directly to sk.
If you have questions about a grade on an assignment, first come to the hours of the TA who graded you. If you are still not satisfied, you can escalate your complaint.
If you ask us a course question, we may think your question is of general interest. If so, we will reply to the mailing list; otherwise, we’ll reply to you directly. When we reply to the group, we will attribute the question to you if and only if we think you should get credit for it. This makes it easy for you to ask “dumb” questions (which you should ask, because you’re almost certainly not the only person who has that question in mind).
Please do not write to individual course staff unless they have asked you to do so; if you write a course staff member directly, they will ignore your message. All course staff have an existence outside the context of this course, and their time when they aren’t working as a TA is their own. Instead, always write to the TA lists. This will not only get you the next available person on duty, it will also get you quicker responses.
When replying, always group-reply (a.k.a., “reply all”). That is, make sure your reply goes to the TA list, not only to the TA who replied. (This is a special case of the previous paragraph.)
If you have a question unrelated to the course and just want one of the staff’s advice, do ask us. We’re friendly and eager to answer questions though, of course, we cannot commit to responding to emails not related to the course in a timely manner.