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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
classes, submit, at least three days before the absence, lists of student participants to the Office of
the Provost.
Sponsors also notify Faculty of planned absences. These absences, however, are not excused by
the Provost; only an instructor may excuse a student from class. Signed release forms may be
required for certain off-campus events. Release forms are available on the Interim/Contract
Learning website:
Instructors who know, in advance, that they will be absent from classes should inform both the
Department Chair and the Provost of the temporary arrangements made for their classes.
Emergency absences should be reported immediately to Department Chairs.
Faculty are urged to start classes on time, beginning with the first day of the term, and to
encourage students to come to the Faculty offices for conferences concerning such matters as
study habits. It is customary, although the custom is without sanction, for students to leave a
classroom if the instructor is more than fifteen minutes late.
The Library is central to the educational process at Birmingham-Southern College. More than
just a storehouse of books, the Library provides an important venue of services and resources, a
valuable research tool, and an extension of the classroom.
Faculty are urged to take an active interest in the program of the Library, in the building and
maintenance of distinctive collections of print and other learning resources, and in all matters
pertaining to the information resources and services that the Library can offer as an integral part
of the College community. Questions about Library policies or procedures should be directed to
the Director of the Library.
The Library, which maintains an open-shelf policy, contains books and bound and microfilmed
journals, subscribes to current periodicals, and receives selections of United States Government
documents as a partial depository. Recordings, audio-visual materials, music scores, microforms,
and electronic databases and resources are also available. Materials from other libraries may be
borrowed on inter-library loan, subject to rules of the lending libraries. The request forms for
such requests may be found on the Library’s home page. In most cases, the costs of borrowing
are covered by the Library. Faculty as well as students have access to other academic libraries in
the area (specifically UAB, Samford University, Miles College, the University of Montevallo,
and--for residents of Jefferson County—the Birmingham Public Library system) through a
cooperative borrowing agreement that requires only the presentation of a Birmingham-Southern
ID card.
The Library schedule of hours varies with the academic calendar. Hours of operation are posted
at the Library entrance or may be obtained from the Library staff. Library materials circulate to
members of the Faculty for one year, subject to recall if requested by other patrons. The
Circulation Department also provides space for class reserve materials to the Circulation
Department. Reserve forms are available for placing materials on reserve and should be