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Cancellation of Classes

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

Senate Rule 7.2.2 states:

"Meet classes as scheduled in accordance with University regulations. (Absences caused by illness or emergencies are clearly excusable; absence 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 or reschedulings should be arranged.)"

Unexpected Class Cancellations

The Senate Rules and Election Committee “has interpreted that when the President “cancels classes” due to a ‘snow day,’ it is not a situation that students have an ‘excused absence’ that is to be remedied under the Senate’s ‘excused absence’ rules. Rather, the effect of the President’s action is that no class existed on that day to be made up, e.g., just as on New Year’s Day holiday there do not exist any University classes. It may happen that the Instructor of a class determines that the material that the Instructor would have presented in class on the ‘snow day’ must [] still be presented to the students. In such ase, the Instructor must either present the material at some later regularly scheduled class meeting, or determine an alternative means to present it, other than scheduling an ad hoc class meeting (e.g., put 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” (February 9, 2014).

Assignments due on the date of the cancellation should be accepted without penalty on the next date classes meet.

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