University Policies for 23-24 Syllabi

University Policies for 22-23 Syllabi

While students should carefully review their syllabus for course-specific policies, the following University policies and procedures apply to all undergraduate and graduate courses during the 22-23 academic year.

Academic Calendar

  • Per the academic calendar, classes will not be held and the University will be closed on the following days:  Labor Day (September 4), Thanksgiving (noon on November 22-26), during the winter break and New Year's Day (December 16-January 1), and Martin Luther King Day (January 15).  Classes will also not be be held but the University will remain open during the mid-term break (October 9-10) and spring break (March 12-17).
  • Students who observe work-restricted religious holy days must notify their instructor within the first two weeks of the semester to discuss accommodations.  The full policy and calendar of religious holy days is available here.
  • The last day to withdraw from a Term III Summer, 2023 course without academic penalty is July 27; from a Fall, 2023 course, October 20; and from a Spring, 2024 course, March 6.  (Some advice to students considering a withdrawal can be found here.)

Bad Weather Schedule

  • Bad weather or other university-wide class cancellations are generally announced by 6 AM for morning/day classes and by 3 PM for evening classes (i.e., those that begin on or after 4:15 PM) and will be posted to the main UofL webpage; sent as an email to all University faculty, staff, and students; and texted to those who have registered for University Alerts which provides weather and emergency alerts affecting the University. 
  • If the University announces it is on a delayed schedule, classes will be canceled up to a certain time of the day. For example, if classes are canceled up to 10 AM, classes which begin at or after 10 AM will operate per usual.  There is no bad weather schedule for distance education (online) courses.  Students in both on-campus/face-to-face and online/distance education courses should check Blackboard as soon as possible for announcements regarding any changes their instructor has made to the course calendar or course requirements as a result of class cancellations.

Basic Needs Support and Counseling Services

There are several UofL resources for students facing challenges securing housing, food, transportation or other basic needs – or difficulties related to stress, relationships, depression, etc.  For food (and some household and toiletry items), visit the Cardinal Cupboard pantry in SAC W312.  Additionally, a Student Success Coordinator in the Student Success Center can provide individual guidance and suggest resources to students experiencing any academic, financial, or personal difficulties.  Students can also find support and resources via the UofL Concern Center or contact the Counseling Center, which offers both individual and group counseling opportunities and provides a list of additional campus and community services.

Students in crisis should call the Counseling Center at (502) 852-6585.  For after-hours crisis and emergency services, contact:   

  • 911 (or go to the nearest emergency room)
  • University Police (ULPD) (502) 852-6111
  • Emergency Psychiatry Department at the University of Louisville Hospital  (502) 562-3210
  • Hope Now Hotline (502) 589-4313
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-TALK (8255) – or text HOME to 741741

  There are also local programs and services, including:

  • The Kentucky Counseling Center (KCC), which provides telehealth, case management, and psychiatry (medication) services. Click here to learn about their services.  (They accept all Kentucky Medicaid plans and most major insurances.  A small number of commercial insurance plans do not cover telehealth; however, for those who do not have insurance, they have low self-pay rates but do not have a sliding scale.)  Call (855) 591-0092 with questions.
  • Kentucky Mental Health provides telehealth, recovery groups, case management/social assistance, and psychiatry (medication) services. Click here for more information about their services or call (502) 233-3030. 
  • Metro United Way lists several facilities and hotlines for various treatment options. Click here for information on mental health and addiction services. 

 For mental health services outside of Kentucky, visit Psychology Today’s searchable database.

Disability Resource Center

The University of Louisville is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students with disabilities. Students with a disability who require accommodation to participate and complete requirements for a class should notify their instructor immediately and contact the Disability Resource Center (119 Stevenson Hall, 502.852.6938) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations.

Public Health Guidelines

Students are expected to abide by University public health guidelines and regulations.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Title IX/Clery Act Notification

Per the University: Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies. Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (502.852.2663), Counseling Center (502.852.6585), and Campus Health Services (502.852.6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (502.852.5787) or University of Louisville Police (502.852.6111).

Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidential under Title IX. Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University’s Title IX officer. For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.”


Faculty and instructors reserve the right to modify their individual course calendar, requirements, and/or topics as deemed necessary to meet learning objectives or compensate for weather contingencies or other circumstances.  Such changes will be posted to Blackboard and/or, if possible, announced in class.