Faculty Absence and the Meeting of Classes

Office Hours

In addition to their teaching duties, faculty members are expected to set aside hours for conferences with students. A schedule of thirty clock hours each week on the campus, including class hours, is regarded a reasonable minimum, and such a schedule of class and office hours should be posted by all faculty members on their office doors.

[Source: Faculty Handbook, Sixth Edition]

Faculty Absence and the Meeting of Classes

  1. Absence due to personal illness or injury, personal medical or dental appointments, family illness or injury, or death of a family member:
    1. Emergency, unexpected and short-term (one day or less):
      A faculty member who must miss a class or classes will be charged with the appropriate amount of sick leave. He or she should make an effort to have his or her classes met by another qualified instructor, if one is available.
    2. Expected and/or long-term (more than one day):
      A faculty member who must miss a class or classes will be charged with the appropriate amount of sick leave. He or she will arrange to have his or her classes met by another qualified instructor. If no qualified instructor is available (e.g., for specialized courses for which the faculty member is the only qualified instructor), the faculty member will arrange to make up the classes. If this is not possible, the faculty member will work with the departmental chairperson to resolve the problem of the missed classes.
  2. Absence for scholarly activities (including research) and/or public service:
    The faculty member will arrange to have his or her classes met by another qualified instructor. If no qualified instructor is available (e.g., for specialized courses for which the faculty member is the only qualified instructor), the faculty member will arrange to make up the classes. If this is not possible, the faculty member will work with the departmental chairperson to resolve the problem of the missed classes.
  3. Absence for jury duty and military leave:
    The faculty member will arrange to have his or her classes met by another qualified instructor. If no qualified instructor is available (e.g., for specialized courses for which the faculty member is the only qualified instructor), the faculty member will arrange to make up the classes. If this is not possible, the faculty member will work with the departmental chairperson to resolve the problem of the missed classes. In addition, if the absence is due to jury duty, the faculty member must return the compensation he or she receives for the duty to the University.

[Source: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spring, 1993.]