At CUA, all meetings and events at the university open to the student and university community, or open to the public, will be scheduled in accessible rooms. This requirement applies to academic events, whether curricular, or co-curricular, and to all student organization meetings. (CUA Co-Curricular Scheduling Policy). The School of Library and Information follows this policy and hosts all events in physically accessible locations unless the meeting is a closed meeting and is certified as such.
Not all classrooms are accessible. If an individual with a disability finds that the space made available is not accessible, please notify SLIS. SLIS will work with the Registrar and/or with Conferences and Pryzbyla Management to find an alternate location that is accessible. For specific guidelines on accommodations for those with hearing impairments please consult the Interpreter/Transcriber Request Policy.
For further information on making events accessible please see the Disability Support Services Web page.
Student E-mail Addresses
It is CUA policy that all course related e-mail be sent to studentsCardinal Mail accounts. Some students prefer to use their personal accounts; however, it is their responsibility to forward their Cardinal Mail messages. Instructions on how students can forward their Cardinal mail to another account, can be found on the CPIT website.
University policy requires that each three-credit course must meet for 42 academic hours (50-minute hours), which amounts to 35 clock hours (60-minute hours). This does not include the final examination period. Blended courses require that some of this class time take place online. If you need guidance to determine how many academic hours an asynchronous class meeting covers, please contact the Dean's Office at (202) 319-5085.
Courses that meet only once a week may have between 12-14 weeks in which to meet this requirement. Courses meeting for six sessions must meet an average of 5 hours and 50 minutes each session to meet the requirement.
You must obtain contact information (address, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses) from students at the beginning of the semester should you need to contact them regarding a class cancellation or for other reasons. Please clarify to students how class cancellations will be announced - phone, e-mail, Blackboard etc.
Some student contact information (as authorized by the individual students) may be obtained through Cardinal Station. Under federal law the University can release directory information, which includes student addresses (both local and permanent), date of registered attendance, school or division of enrollment, major field of study, nature and dates of degrees and awards received. Other information is protected by law and may not be released without the permission of the student.
If you miss a class session, you must make it up in a manner that is acceptable to the students in the class. You can do so in several ways, such as adding time to some of your class sessions, scheduling a special class session, or incorporating online instruction for blended learning. You cannot hold a make-up session if it conflicts with the students' classes, work, or personal schedules. If you need assistance planning an online make-up session, please contact us at at 202-319-5085.
Students and employees are asked to immediately report any crimes, suspicious activity, or suspicious persons by contacting the DPS dispatcher in Leahy Hall, 202 319-5111 (ext. 5111 on campus phones). If off campus, dial 911. You may also use any of the emergency telephones located throughout campus.
Closings due to inclement weather are announced by the Dean's Office in collaboration with the Provost's Office, and should be posted on the University's Homepage. The major networks will carry announcements in the morning. Alternatively, you may call the Campus Police (202-319-5111) or the Campus Operator. If you are teaching at an off campus site and suspect that it may be closed for whatever reason, preventing class from taking place, it is your responsibility to check with the site and notify students accordingly.
If your class is canceled you are responsible for making up any lost class time (see above under Canceling Class)
Fire & Fire Drills
Please review the fire evacuation plans for any building you are teaching in, and be prepared to help your students evacuate in case of fire. Once outside the building, call Campus Police either from a call box or by dialing 202 319 5111.
Every summer the University has a fire drill in each of the campus buildings. You will be notified of the days of these drills, but be aware of the disruption they may cause and plan accordingly.
The University has several departments designed to aid students with various issues, including personal problems, disabilities, language difficulties and writing skills. If you think a student in your course could benefit from one of these services, please contact the Dean's office.
- Academic Tutoring and Learning Assistance Service (ATLAS)
- CUA Counseling Center
- Disability Support Services
- Office of Career Services
- Student Writing Center