Monday, October 12, 2020; 10:28 a.m.
Make-up Class Days: 10/17 & 11/7
Dear Faculty and Staff,
Due to classes being cancelled several times this fall because of hurricanes and tropical storms, the university will hold two make-up class days in order to ensure that the fall semester meets the minimum number of required class days. The make-up days will be held on two Saturdays: Oct. 17 and Nov. 7. Faculty may decide whether they want to hold these make-up classes virtually or in-person, and should communicate that decision to students as soon as possible.
Saturday, Oct. 17, will be a Monday class make-up day, and Saturday, Nov. 7, will be a Wednesday class make-up day.
Because of these two additional class days, the last day to drop a class will be moved from Friday, Nov. 6, to Monday, Nov. 9.
(The changes listed in this message do not apply to students at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, which operates on a separate academic calendar. The Law Center should contact its students directly about any make-up classes. These changes also do not apply to LSU Online fully online degree and certificate programs that are structured in 7-week classes.)
Students who have unavoidable conflicts on these Saturdays should contact their professors as soon as possible. Professors may require documentation for missing the make-up days, and students who need guidance on getting appropriate documentation should contact Student Advocacy and Accountability (Tracy Blanchard, Tblanch@lsu.edu or Alyssa Jacobs, Anzalone1@lsu.edu).
This information has also been communicated to students via email and LSU social media.
Additional guidance for faculty:
- Faculty retain pedagogical control over their courses. This schedule allows faculty to make up the missed courses on the specified Saturdays. Teaching and learning approaches remain at the discretion of the instructor of record. Please be cognizant of the fact that there may be situations where it will be difficult for faculty or some students to attend a Saturday make-up day due to pre-existing obligations.
- Instructional faculty are encouraged to be flexible regarding student absences on make-up days. If a student indicates they cannot attend the make-up class due to a reasonable circumstance such as standing work commitments, previously planned travel obligations, or existing University obligations such as athletic events, faculty may request documentation in order to confirm the conflict, and can develop contingency plans for students needing to make up missed work that took place in the class meeting.
- Faculty who need guidance on meeting contact-hour expectations due to schedule conflicts on the specified make-up days should contact Matt Lee in the Office of Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students with scheduling conflicts who need guidance on getting appropriate documentation should contact Student Advocacy and Accountability (Tracy Blanchard, Tblanch@lsu.eduor Alyssa Jacobs, Anzalone1@lsu.edu).
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