Faculty Absence and Travel Policy

When it is necessary to miss a class, the instructor shall notify the Departmental office and leave instructions for informing students of the cancellation and any assignment for the next class meeting. Should a substitute be called for, any arrangements must be cleared beforehand with the Chairperson or Assistant to the Chairperson. Faculty members who will be absent from campus for professional or personal reasons must submit a Request for Absence Form to the Chair. The request should be made at least one (1) month prior to the planned absence and is subject to the approval of the Chair and the Dean. Arrangements for any classes to be missed during the absence must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Chair before approval will be granted.

Attendance at professional meetings is encouraged and approved travel expenses incurred in attending such meetings will be reimbursed when approved prior to travel according to the University's travel policies and are subject to the availability of funds. In general, greater amounts of support will be granted to meeting participants (i.e. those presenting a paper or chairing a session) than to faculty members who simply attend professional meetings.