September 15, 2009
TO: UH Faculty
FROM: J. Antel, Provost
RE: Instructional Plans in the Event of Severe Weather or Widespread Illness
While it is unlikely that classes will need to be cancelled this semester, given the risks of severe weather or flu, I am asking every instructor to formulate plans to continue instruction in the unlikely event that classes need to be cancelled. Various strategies are possible including take home assignments, the application of distance education technologies, and the scheduling of make-up classes at the semester's end. At this time, we recommend that a class be cancelled only if either, the professor is unable to teach, or, if more than half the students are absent for two consecutive classes. Beginning Monday, September 21, resources to assist faculty with instructional continuity can be found at www.uh.edu/instructionalcontinuity
I encourage instructors to communicate these contingency plans to their students, including the fact that it is within the purview of a faculty member to require that a student who is obviously ill leave the class. Finally, please encourage your students to verify that the email address in MyUH is the one that they will monitor in the event of severe weather or widespread illness.