Class Cancellations

Unexpected Class Cancellations (e.g., Snow Days)

The Senate Rules and Election Committee has interpreted that when the President cancels classes due to a "snow day," no classes exist on that day, and the professor cannot require to make-up the lost time by scheduling an extra class.  On a day when classes are cancelled due to bad weather the day becomes equivalent to an academic holiday, such as, for example, Martin Luther King day, when there do not exist any University classes and therefore no class to be made up.  

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 may not 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 cancellation must be accepted without penalty on the next date the course meets (including electronic submissions).


Instructor's Absence from Class

If a student's instructor does not show up for class, the student may call the department for further instructions.

Faculty are required to meet classes as scheduled.  The Senate Rule on Student Relations 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, etc., are exceptions which should be approved by the department chair.)"