Policies

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    UofL Policies

    • University of Louisville Mission:

    The University of Louisville shall be a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university with a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our diverse communities and citizens through the pursuit of excellence in five interrelated strategic areas: (1) Educational Experience, (2) Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity, (3) Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Communication, (4) Partnerships and Collaborations, and (5) Institutional Effectiveness of Programs and Services.

    • UofL Severe Weather Policy:

    First, we have changed our delayed classes policy.  In instances where we announce a delayed schedule, we will cancel classes up to a certain time and begin with our full class schedule at that point.

    For instance, if we delay opening until 10 a.m., classes that end before 10 a.m. will be canceled. Students who normally would be in class at or after 10 a.m. should go wherever they would be at that time unless they have received other instructions from their instructor in advance, which should be included in the course syllabus. 

    Second, for purposes of this policy, evening classes will be defined as any classes beginning at or after 4:30 p.m.

    Third, while we make every effort to announce our closings through the local media, their processes can lead to confusing or sometimes wrong information. Please note that the university will provide official school closing information in the following ways:

    -- A notice on the university home page, www.louisville.edu
    -- Text messages sent to students, faculty and staff who sign up for UofL Alerts
    -- Emails sent to students and employees on their Groupwise accounts
    -- A recorded message at 852-5555

    These are the only venues through which we can guarantee accurate information. They also are the first four methods by which we will communicate, although we will continue to announce our decisions through media as well.

    Finally, whenever possible, we will announce decisions regarding morning classes by 6 a.m. and decisions regarding evening classes by 3 p.m.

    Kent School Policies

    For instance, if we delay opening until 10 a.m., classes that end before 10 a.m. will be canceled. Students who normally would be in class at or after 10 a.m. should go wherever they would be at that time unless they have received other instructions from their instructor in advance, which should be included in the course syllabus.  If the weather or road conditions pose a serious hazard to your commute to class, use your own judgment as to whether or not you make the trip.  If you decide not to attend class, it is important that you inform your instructor of your decision and explain the situation as it pertains to your region.  If the class is held (and you are absent due to your judgment to not traveling to class), you are responsible for making up all assignments and collecting class notes/handouts. It is possible that if you have missed a significant in-class activity, the instructor may request you do a make-up activity to account for the exercises/experiences you missed in class. If the entire class is canceled due to weather or road conditions, the instructor will decide how best to make up the material that was scheduled for that canceled class. This could include an extra class session sometime during the semester, adding some time to subsequent class(es), use of Blackboard, etc.