Academic Scheduling

SPH courses with less than five students may be canceled.  The cancellation of a course requires the approval of the department head, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Dean in consultation with the instructor and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.  If a class is canceled, the Department Head will meet with the instructor to determine an alternate assignment, which may include providing a directed study course to meet the needs of students who are required to take the course.

Course Cancellation Policy  

All courses are required to meet 50 clock minutes for each academic credit hour (i.e., 2250 minutes of contact for a 3-semester credit hour course).  Instructors are responsible for seeing that their classes meet the required number of clock minutes. 


In the event the instructor is not able to meet a particular class session, the following must be followed (unless under unusual emergency circumstances):

    1. The Department Head and departmental administrative support staff must be notified in the event an instructor cannot meet a class (or if the instructor has incurred a lengthy delay in getting to the class).  The departmental administrative assistant (or the department head) should notify the SPH receptionist of any class changes. 

    2. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to assure that the information was received by the department head, the administrative assistant, and the receptionist.  It is also the responsibility of the faculty member to arrange alternative activities for the class. 

    3.  In addition to the above, for distance education courses the following additional procedures will be followed:

a)     The department head (or administrative assistant) will be responsible for notifying the Office of Assessment and Instructional Technology as soon as the determination is made to cancel the class.

b)     The OAIT will be responsible for notifying the administrative unit at the remote site(s) that the class has been canceled and request signs be posted on the remote site classroom doors as feasible.

c)     The OAIT will notify both the local and distance education students of the class cancellation.

d)     The OAIT or Instructor of Record will post to the official course website any assignments or instructions for alternative learning activities as soon as possible. 


Course Scheduling Policy

All courses are required to meet 50 clock minutes per week for each credit hour, i.e., 2250 minutes for a 3-credit class.  During the fall and spring semesters classes must meet for 15 weeks including the final examination period.  During the ten-week summer session, classes meet 3 hours and 45 minutes per week.  For Summer Session I and II classes meet 7 hours and 30 minutes each week for 5 weeks.  Unless required otherwise by the Texas A&M HSC or SPH administration, all course final examinations will be administered at the regularly scheduled day and time for the class.  Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.