6.86 – Faculty Availability and Office Hours

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Scope: NMSU System

Source: ARP Chapter 6 | HR - Hiring, Work Rules and Assignments

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2017 Recompilation, formerly Rule 5.84

A. Work Hours


Faculty members will be present and available to students during the entire official dates of every academic semester.  For the Fall semester, they will be available from the date of opening programs for faculty/staff through the date final grades are due; for the Spring semester, they will be available from the January return date listed as a note on the academic calendar through the date final grades are due.

 

B. Faculty Absence from Class


A faculty member is responsible for informing the department head prior to being absent from campus for the purpose of out-of-city or out-of-state travel.  In case of illness, the general practice is for another member of the department to substitute until the faculty member returns.  However, the faculty member is responsible for informing the department head of absence from classes for any reason. 

 

C. Adherence to Class Schedule


Each faculty member is expected to meet classes as scheduled or to notify the department head in advance if it is necessary to miss classes.  Faculty members will meet each class at the place listed in the schedule unless they have approval from the department head to meet elsewhere.  (This especially pertains to changing a class to any off-campus location.)

 

D. Office Hours for Students


Each faculty member is responsible to have office hours clearly posted and to be present during those times.

 

E. Classes to Meet During Exam Week


Also, every class will meet during exam week, whether or not a final examination is given at that meeting.

 

F. Class Cancellation


Classes are not to be cancelled without prior approval of the appropriate department head, dean, or campus executive officer.