“Do you like green eggs and ham?” “I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham!” - Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham
I feel the same way about faxes. I would not like them here or there, I would not like them ANYWHERE!
We see a large number of faxes, especially around deadline time. In general, if you have ever looked at a fair number of faxes, you understand that most come out looking distorted, with smudges, readability problems, etc. Then try scanning them, and you really have problems reading the document. So our office has a policy that for any official document (HS transcripts, college transcripts, recommendation letters, etc), we will not take faxes! There is a reason that the shredding bin is so close to the fax machine. It is so I only have to take two steps before I shred most of the items.
The reason we do this is to make sure we are able to look at you in the best light possible. If we had to guess if a grade was an 88 or a 68, and cannot read it clearly due to the fax, you do not want us guessing! In the same way, you do not want us to think a teacher "loathes" you as a student, when they really are trying to say they loved you as a student! In addition, it is a security measure. For example, I once received a faxed letter of good standing from a college. Upon closer review, I noticed that the fax from where it was sent was a local Subway Sandwich shop. Unless the college had moved their registrars office to add food service to their job, we were dealing with a bogus document.
So go out and shout it to anyone you see, from your teachers, your counselors, your friends, even the guy who is at the checkout counter at Target. UGA does not want faxes! UGA will shred faxes! Send documents online or through the mail! Thank you for your help.
I will finish up with one last Dr. Seuss quote;
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself Any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!