Class Operations

Obtain from your Division Office a copy of the course outline for the course(s) you will be teaching. It is a legal requirement that courses must be taught consistent with the official course outline that has been approved by the department and the college's Curriculum Committee. You may also want to meet with the Division Dean to discuss the course(s) you will be teaching. The Dean may suggest other faculty who can assist you in planning for your assignment.

Develop a course syllabus (1-2 pages) for each course you are teaching. The syllabus should present the overall objectives for the course and an outline of the sequence of lessons, with approximate dates. Projected dates for tests, papers, and the final examination are also helpful to students, as well as how grades will be determined. In addition, you should give students a way to get in touch with you--preferably, through the Phone Mail or email systems.

Turn in your textbook requisitions to the Skyline College Bookstore at least a month prior to the start of the semester.

Review locations of alarm boxes and fire extinguishers nearest your classroom(s). (Locations are listed in the Emergency Procedures section of this handbook.) For each class plan an evacuation route that can be used in case of an emergency.  


Prior to your first class meeting print out your class list and authorization codes from Websmart. The class list will have the students' social security numbers listed; student addresses and phone numbers can be accessed, if needed. Faculty mailboxes are in Division Offices for day faculty and in the Evening Faculty workroom for evening faculty, and should be checked regularly.

Try to arrive at your classroom a few minutes early for the first class meeting of each class. Your presence while students are arriving will help alleviate confusion about the course and college procedures.

Call roll from your printed class list. Students who do not report by the end of the first class session may be replaced by other students.

Discuss attendance and withdrawal procedures, class times and breaks (for lengthy classes) with your students. It is also suggested that you distribute your course syllabus to inform the students of course objectives and topics, examination dates, grading policy and other requirements. It is important that your students have a clear understanding of the course requirements from the outset.


CLASS TIMES: A class hour is 50 minutes. Day classes are normally 50 or 75 minutes long and do not include a break. Evening classes normally meet in three hour blocks with at least one break sometime between the beginning and ending time. For example, a 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. class should have a 30-minute break (or two 15-minute breaks). Under no circumstances should a three hour evening class be conducted without a break. If you have a class that is not scheduled for the normal day or evening pattern, check with your Division Dean to determine the break time and how best to use it.

CLASS ENROLLMENT LIMITS: These are established by your Division Dean and are limits on the number of students who can pre-register for a given course or class section. Faculty may add students after the semester is underway.

CLASS CANCELLATION: Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment (usually fewer than 20 students). Decisions on cancellation for any reason are made by the Division Dean. If you are a Regular or Contract (full-time) Faculty member and one of your classes is canceled, you will be given another class or an alternative assignment. If you are an Adjunct Faculty (part-time) member and your class is canceled, you will receive compensation for your instruction time for each session that the class meets until it is canceled.

OPEN-ENTRY CLASSES: A class in which a student may enroll any time up though the fourteenth week of the semester, if space is available, is considered an open-entry class. After the first two weeks of the semester students must obtain an Add Slip or a Late Registration form from the Office of Admissions and Records. Instructors must sign one of these forms so that the student can be enrolled. Students must return the signed form to A & R to complete the registration process.

TEXTBOOK ORDERS: Textbook Requisition Forms are distributed to faculty several months before the start of a semester. Early return of the requisitions is encouraged to ensure adequate time for stocking texts by the opening day of classes. Faculty should complete a requisition for each class and send requisitions to their Division Office for approval by the Dean. Division Offices then forward requisitions to the Skyline College Bookstore. Questions regarding textbook prices and availability should be directed to the bookstore manager at Ext. 4211 or 4212.

Note: You can arrange to have free examination copies of textbooks sent to you by the publishers. Contact the publisher's representative or ask your Division Office for assistance.

INSTRUCTOR ABSENCE OR DELAY: You should establish with your students that, if you are late and unless a note is posted, they should wait a specified period of time, e.g., twenty minutes, before leaving. A student representative should check with the Division Office (day) or the Evening Office to confirm the cancellation of a class.

If you know you will be delayed or absent, you should call your Division Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or the Evening Office as soon as possible after 4:30 p.m. to report your expected late arrival or absence. Staff can post a notice on your class door and give students instructions on any assignment for them.

Evening and Saturday Office numbers are 738-4206 and 738-4251. Hours for Evening Office are 1:30 to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday's hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Do NOT under any circumstances send your own substitute instructor to class. Should you have a qualified instructor that might serve as a substitute, consult with your Division Dean about the possibility.

Faculty who are absent for any reason are required to submit an Absence Affidavit. Your Division Assistant or the Evening Administrative Secretary will put the form in your mailbox after your absence. Please return it promptly.

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