Faculty-Initiated Class Cancellation Procedure
Part 1. Purpose
This procedure defines the processes followed at Minneapolis College and its satellite locations when it becomes necessary to cancel classes due to unforeseen availability of instructional faculty.
Part 2. Definitions
Subpart 1. Cancellation of Classes
Faculty-initiated cancellation of classes applies to unanticipated situations such as illness, family emergencies, campus responsibilities or other unforeseen events that prevent instructional faculty from holding classes as scheduled.
Cancellation does not apply to situations that have been worked into course syllabi prior to the start of the semester such as professional conferences, known committee obligations, time assigned to students to work individually on course assignments, or other arrangements that maintain the integrity of the credit hour.
Subpart 2. Credit Hour
College Policy 3.02, Earning Academic Credits, Subpart A defines the college's credit hour policy. In general, for each lecture credit earned by students, one credit hour occurs within the classroom or online setting and for each lab credit earned by students, two credit hours occur within the classroom lab setting.
Subpart 3. Face-to-Face Courses
Courses in which all of the instruction takes place in a physical classroom.
Subpart 4. Blended/Hybrid Courses
Courses in which part of the instruction takes place in a physical classroom and part of the instruction takes place outside of the classroom such as within the online environment.
Subpart 5. Online Courses
Courses in which all of the instruction takes place in a virtual environment accessed through the internet.
Part 3. Procedures for Faculty-initiated Class Cancellations
Faculty who cancel their class are responsible for notifying the Office of Academic Affairs in a timely fashion using either the Academic Affairs email or telephone line established for this purpose. Notification will include the duration of the cancellation and any other information deemed relevant by faculty.
Faculty are responsible for completing the necessary applications for the appropriate leave (sick time or personal leave) as soon as possible and, at a minimum, before the end of the pay period. If a faculty member cancels all the courses they teach in a day, they must take a full day of sick time or personal leave, unless they document that they were away from their duties only a portion of the day. If a faculty member cancels a portion of the courses they teach in a day, they must take a half day of sick time or personal leave.
Part 4. Alteration of Delivery Method for Blended/Hybrid Courses
In the case of courses designated as blended/hybrid, faculty may alter the delivery method in lieu of canceling the class if they are absent due to unanticipated situations such as illness, a family emergency, campus responsibilities or other unforeseen events.
When the delivery method is altered and approved by the faculty's supervisor and the integrity of the credit hour is maintained, faculty will not be required to take sick or personal leave.
Date of Adoption: 5/16/2019
Date of Implementation (if different from from adoption date):
Date of Last Review: 5/16/2019
Date and Subject of Revisions: