At least three weeks prior to the first due date, please give the faculty member the following:
Not all faculty members will require all of these items, and some may require additional documentation, so at the end of your preliminary discussion be sure you have a list of the items your faculty member has asked you to provide.
Some faculty members will require these items on hardcopy and others will accept electronic documents. Note that the release forms will need a signature, so if providing electronic documents, you will need to print, sign and scan the document. If an institution or potential employer requires an original signature, let the faculty member know and provide the documents on hardcopy.
*Generally, potential employers or academic institutions give more credence to confidential letters.