Class Schedule Disruption Policy
Except in the rarest of instances, Lipscomb University does not cancel classes or close offices. However, should an event (weather-related or otherwise) occur that requires disruption of the entire Lipscomb University class schedule, students will be notified via multiple venues including the Lipscomb homepage (www.lipscomb.edu), a text message sent through Bison Alert (bisonalert.lipscomb.edu), and the Lipscomb Weather Information Line (615.966.1836). For information on possible snow-related closures or “late starts,” students should consult local television stations (2-WKRN, 4-WSMV, 5-WTVF and 6-WZTV, and Channel 9 on campus). Students should look for information regarding “Lipscomb University,” not “Lipscomb Academy.”
Cancellation of Specific Class Sessions
Because the academic calendar does not allow for missed classes, instructors are expected to meet classes as scheduled. If a situation arises where an instructor needs to cancel a specific class session, students will be notified by the instructor via email at the earliest possible time. Instructors are responsible to see that the learning goals of the class are not compromised by any missed class days. Before canceling any class sessions, instructors should consult with the appropriate person as designated by their college policy (e.g., chair, program director, associate dean, dean, etc.). Missed classes may be rescheduled and/or may result in alternative assignments to achieve the learning goals of the class. Due to the concentrated class schedule of evening and weekend classes, instructors are expected to make up any missed class sessions in a manner that achieves the learning goals of the class.
Student’s Responsibility for Notification of Extended Absence
In the case of individual absences, students should contact their professors directly. However, students who find themselves in circumstances which would cause them to miss classes for an extended period of time (e.g., missing a week or more of classes due to illness) should contact Steve Prewitt, associate provost for student academic support, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.966.5804. The associate provost for student academic support will communicate the student’s situation to the appropriate faculty members. Students are expected to provide timely notification to the associate provost for student academic support regarding any extended absence and may be required to provide supporting documentation for their absences.