4.6 Class Meetings - Capital University Law School

4.6 Class Meetings

  • 4.6.01 Length of Classes

    A. Generally, three-hour courses meet for 160 minutes per week, either for one three-¬hour period (including 20 minutes of "break" time, given in two 10-minute breaks or one 20-minute break), or for two 80-minute periods with no break.

    First-year required courses and courses tested on the Ohio Bar Exam in the day division meet for three 55-minute sessions each week. First and second-year required courses in the Evening division meet for two 80-minute sessions each week. Two hour required courses in the first year day and evening division either meet in two 55 minute sessions each week or one 110-minute session each week.

    B. Two-hour courses ordinarily meet once a week for two hours, including a 10-minute break.

    C. Instructors in regular classes do not habitually release students from class an undue amount of time prior to the expiration of the allotted time, or "hold over" the students for more than a few minutes.

    D. The above does not apply to seminars, practicums, and clinics where the quality of individualized instruction is more important than the length of class meetings. 
  •  4.6.02 Class Cancelation

    A. Regularly scheduled classes are not cancelled or postponed except for very compelling reasons.

    B. If it is necessary for an instructor to cancel a class, he or she notifies the Office of Records and Registration, who ordinarily will notify the students in the course and post cancelations.

    C. Credit hours for courses depend on the number of hours a course meets. Thus cancelled classes are almost always made up, at a time when other classes are not meeting or at a time when no student in the cancelled class has another class.

    D. Because evening students usually work full days from Monday through Friday, canceled evening classes usually must be made up on a Saturday.

    E. If an instructor will miss more than one (1) week of classes, the instructor should notify the Associate Dean so that a substitute can be considered.

  • 4.6.03 Class Attendance

    A. The American Bar Association standards for accreditation require law schools to ensure that students regularly attend class. Therefore, regular and punctual attendance is expected of all Capital law students. Class instructors are expected to cooperate.

    B. Soon after the commencement of a semester or summer term, the Office of Records and Registration will provide the instructor with a class roll, containing an alphabetized list of enrolled students and "boxes" for each class meeting. The instructor circulates this class roster during every class or uses some other method of recording class attendance.

    C. The taking of attendance at every class is required. United States Department of Education regulations pertaining to financial aid require that the law school maintain accurate attendance records of all students receiving federally subsidized or guaranteed financial aid.

    D. If an individual student is not regularly attending class, the instructor is to notify the Office of Records and Registration, who will communicate with the student. If the attendance problem continues, the Dean or Dean’s delegate will talk with the student.

    E. Faculty members have the authority to lower grades for failure to attend class or prepare course assignments (See Section 4.7.04(A)).

    F. Faculty members are required to submit class attendance records to the Office of Records and Registration at the end of the semester.