What if ... ? (absences, holidays, missing homework, snow days, and course drops)

  • Absences: Students are graded on attendance. If you are ill, have a job or graduate school interview, or a religious holiday, you can be excused from the session so that you are not penalized for missing a session. Students who need excused absences should e-mail the FCCSWL staff AND their mentor/ conversation partner. Students who miss a session will not get a makeup session and need to arrange to spend more time on the material on their own. Students missing tutorials should arrange to get their completed homework to the mentor for grading.
  • Extended absences due to health or personal emergencies:
    Students who experience serious health problems or other personal emergencies need to consult with the health services and/or appropriate deans on their home campus. If extended absences are necessary, the program director/associate director will work with the student and appropriate deans to determine the best course of action.
  • Schedule changes:
    If you develop a schedule conflict with your tutorial or conversation session times at any time during the semester, you will no longer be guaranteed a space in the course. If there are alternate spaces available, you may request a change, but changes are not guaranteed and the opportunites to change to a different time are extremely limited. Schedule change requests should go through the program director/associate director, not through your mentor. Mentors do not organize schedules.
  • Logistical questions:
    Address questions about course logistics to the FCCSWL staff, not to your mentor or conversation partner. This includes issues such as difficulties purchasing or accessing materials, scheduling problems, evaluation scheduling, and questions about meeting course requirements.
  • Snow emergencies and snow days:
    Winter snow emergencies occasionally cause delays and cancellations of Five College bus service, early closings of campuses, or snow days being declared on one or more campuses. Because we do not want any students or mentors to get stranded away from their home campus, we will generally cancel tutorials and conversation sessions if 1) the National Weather Service has issued a warning for severe winter weather for the time period of the sessions; and 2) the students and or mentors affected would have to travel to other than their own campus. We will not cancel if the mentor and the students involved live on the same campus. If a snow day has been declared in the morning, tutorials and conversation sessions may still take place late in the late afternoon or evening if the weather has cleared and the buses are running. Cancellations due to weather will be sent by e-mail. If you have weather related questions, e-mail fclrc@hfa.umass.edu. If the office is open you may also call 542-5264. If the office is closed because of weather, use e-mail instead.