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Cancellation of Classes

Faculty are required to meet classes as scheduled in accordance with University regulations.

Absences caused by an instructor's illness or emergencies are clearly excusable; absences owing to attendance at scholarly meetings, occasional professional service, pedagogical experimentation, and the like, are exceptions which should be approved by the department chair and, where appropriate, substitution should be arranged. For the complete Senate Rule, see S.R. 7.2.2, paragraph 3.

When the President cancels classes due to inclement weather, the effect of the President's action is that no class existed on that day (e.g., as on a holiday University classes do not exist). If the instructor of a course determines that the material the instructor intended to provide in class on the 'snow day' must still be presented to the students, the instructor must either present the material at some later regularly scheduled class meeting or determine an alternate means to present the material (e.g., place the material on a UK website for the class). The instructor cannot schedule an ad hoc class meeting or similar event in a time slot other than a regularly scheduled class meeting.

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