Faculty Handbook 2023-2024

E.1.a. Class Admission and Conduct of Classes

This section applies to all Classroom Teachers.

Students must register in advance for all work for which they expect to receive credit. Course registration lists are available on Campus Web. At the end of the first week of classes, any student attending a class who is not on the roster, or any student on the roster who is not attending the class, should be reported to the Registrar.

Conducting class is the immediate and direct responsibility of the classroom teacher. Other course responsibilities include the selection of textbooks and other teaching materials, the drafting and provision of a syllabus to students, the explanation to students of procedures and requirements for credit in the course, and the evaluation of student learning in the course. For advice about meeting these responsibilities classroom teachers can seek the guidance of the department chair, Area Chair, or Provost.

Classroom teachers are expected to meet classes on time and to continue the class for the time designated. They and their students should vacate the classroom promptly at the end of the period, out of consideration for those who must use the room next. Classroom teachers should inform the department chair or Area Chair of canceled classes. Planned absences of the classroom teacher that would entail canceling more than two consecutive meetings of any class should have advance approval of the department chair or Area Chair. In case of illness or other emergency, the department chair or relevant area or building administrative assistant should be notified as soon as possible, so that arrangements can be made for notifying the members of the class.

Classroom teachers should consider the following guidelines for scheduling extra or extended class meetings. These guidelines do not pertain to one-on-one or small group meetings scheduled with individual students since those meetings are flexibly scheduled to accommodate students’ other commitments.

  • For a few courses, the nature of the courses requires attendance or participation at times other than the scheduled class sessions. In these cases, the additional components are described in the course description. Examples include courses with regularly scheduled fieldwork, student teaching courses, and performances for music, dance, and theatre performance related courses. Only in rare circumstances should such activities conflict with students' other regularly scheduled classes.
  • Classroom teachers will not schedule extra or extended required sessions to accomplish standard course activities such as lecture, discussion, presentation, and tests. Such activities are supposed to be designed to fit within the time allocated to the course.
  • Missed class meetings for conference attendance, weather closures, classroom teacher illness, etc. can be made up by take-home assignments, not sessions scheduled outside of the time allocated to the course.
  • Sometimes special opportunities or engaged learning activities will require meeting at a time other than the regularly scheduled class time. The following guidelines will be observed in such cases:
    • Extra required sessions should be an exception rather than a rule. Such sessions will be kept to a minimum and will only be used for activities or opportunities that do not fit in the normally scheduled time for the class.
    • Extra required sessions will be announced at least two weeks in advance.
    • Classroom teachers will offer students unable to attend the required extra sessions alternative assignments or activities.
    • When appropriate, classroom teachers will offset the time expenditure entailed by an extra class session—for instance, by cancelling a regularly scheduled class session or reducing the homework assigned for a particular day.