Unexpected Class Cancelations (e.g., Snow Days)
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 Senate Rule 18.104.22.168, the "excused absence" policy. 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 Martin Luther King day, 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 a case, the Instructor must either present the material at some later, regularly scheduled class meeting, or determine an alternative means to present the material other than scheduling an ad hoc class meeting (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.
Assignments due on the date of the class cancelation should be accepted without penalty on the next date classes meet (including electronic submissions).
Instructor's Absence from Class
Students often believe that when an instructor is late to class, students must wait a certain amount of time (e.g. fifteen minutes for a Ph.D. and ten minutes for a teaching assistant). This is an old wives' tale, and our office recommends that students wait for the instructor to arrive.
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.)"