Class Cancellation Policy
The A & S class cancellation policy is as follows:
[Faculty] shall meet classes as scheduled in accordance with university regulations. Absences caused by illness, emergencies, personal responsibilities, or religious observances are excusable but must be reported to the Department Chair, in advance, if possible. Absences owing to professional obligations such as attendance at scholarly meetings or occasional professional service are excusable absences which nevertheless require prior notification of the Department Chair. In the case of anticipated absences, a qualified substitute, or provisions for additional assignments or alternate activity should be arranged. (2.24, in 2004-2006 Undergraduate Catalog, p. 30)
Many A & S departments have more specific guidelines that build upon this policy. Composition has an explicit policy for Composition classes. The Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and the Chair, in consultation with the Director of Composition, have established the following guidelines for English:
Classes that meet multiple times in a week: Faculty may cancel one class session for professional activity. Beyond that, the faculty member needs to arrange for a qualified substitute or a rescheduled class meeting.
Classes that meet once a week: Faculty must arrange for a qualified substitute or a rescheduled class meeting for any absences required by professional activity.
Be aware that graduate students, part-time and term faculty may not feel that they are in a position to say no when asked by a tenure-track faculty to cover a class. If such a situation occurs, tenure-track faculty should be sure to offer to substitute for the instructor in return.
And please note the College Policy about notifying the Department about last-minute absences due to illness, etc. We must have this information in order to answer student queries. Just call the front desk (852-6801)