The University of Houston football team will be hosting Southern Methodist University (SMU) on Thursday, October 8, 2015 (Kick-Off @ 7pm) at TDECU Stadium.
Earlier this semester you should have received email communications from several sources, including the Office of the Chancellor and Campus Parking, alerting faculty, students, and staff of the potential for significant campus disruption on October 8 due to traffic congestion and parking issues associated with hosting the game.
As an Instructor-of-Record for a class meeting during the time period most affected by the preparations for the football game on October 8 (i.e. a class that ends after 3pm that day), the Office of the Provost would like to remind you that under such circumstances that it is appropriate for you to consider providing an alternate academic experience to your students if you so wish.
If you believe that campus preparations for the football game will significantly impact overall student attendance and/or disrupt activities that require mandatory student attendance in your class (i.e. mid-term exams, group projects, etc.), you may, as the instructor-of-record, substitute in-class contact hours for an alternate academic experience that does not require in-class attendance. For example, this may consist of on-line delivery of your class materials, a reading assignment with a follow-up on-line quiz, or on-line discussion board activity surrounding a relevant class topic, all of which have the advantage of allowing remote access for students. However, your choice of an alternative academic experience is entirely up to you.
If you choose to exercise your option to provide an alternate academic experience for your students in lieu of physically attending class on October 8, please remember to inform your students as soon as possible so they can arrange remote access to pertinent class materials.
If you have an additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Mark Clarke in the Office of the Provost.
Paula Myrick Short