The program of instruction at the School of Law is based on an active and informed exchange between instructor and student and between student and student. Regular, prepared class attendance helps develop skills essential to the competent practice of law. Regular and punctual class attendance and adequate preparation are required.
Requirement: Regular and punctual class attendance is required. Missing more than 2 regularly-scheduled in-person classroom hours per credit hour (e.g., missing more than 6 classroom hours of a 3-credit course); failing to log into an online or blended course for more than one week; and missing any time during in-person preparation sessions or capstone weeks are all considered presumptively excessive absences. Faculty are authorized to impose more stringent attendance policies provided that when a faculty member imposes an attendance policy that differs from this policy, the faculty member shall publish their attendance policy in their syllabus for the course and shall make the policy available to the Vice Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs and the Dean of Students.
Record-keeping and reporting: Upon report(s) from the instructor, the Vice Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs has authority to involuntarily withdraw students whose absences are excessive. Faculty must keep a record of each student’s attendance, and must report to the Dean of Students, or their delegate, any student whose absences are presumptively excessive. A student’s absences are considered presumptively excessive if the student has missed more than two regularly-scheduled in-person classroom hours per credit hour; failed to log into an online or blended course for more than one week; or missed any time during in-person preparation sessions or capstone weeks, unless the student has made appropriate arrangements with the professor, the Dean of Students, and/or the Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs. It is an honor code violation to falsely sign an attendance sheet for a student not present in class. It is an honor code violation to sign in for a class that was not attended in substantial part.
Most instructors assign course work for the first day of classes. Instructors shall post first assignments on the learning management system used for the course (Canvas). In all cases, instructors will announce the first assignment for a class to the students in the class no later than one week before the first class session.
Instructors may schedule make-up classes in advance of a canceled class. Instructors are expected to announce the time and date to make up canceled classes as soon as possible after the cancellation. Instructors do not schedule makeup class(es) during the last two weeks of a semester unless it is impossible to make up the canceled class(es) at any other time. Instructors may arrange for video or audio recordings of makeup classes to be posted in the Panopto Recordings section of their Canvas course pages.
Each semester, all students complete an evaluation for each course they take. The completed evaluation forms are reviewed by the Vice Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs and the ratings on the forms are tabulated. The evaluations are returned to the instructor after grades for each course are submitted. The evaluations provide useful feedback to the instructor. The evaluations also are available to the Tenure Committee. The Tenure Committee is responsible for assisting beginning instructors and evaluating the quality of teaching. Committee members also visit classes to obtain direct information. The evaluations are used in the same manner by the administration in making decisions on course assignments, salary, promotion, tenure of tenure-track instructors, and retention of adjunct instructors.