No St. Paddy's Day Part II at U of Dayton

March 18, 2019

Post-St. Patrick's Day will be business as usual at the University of Dayton, which advised its professors not to cancel classes today and to “set high expectations for class attendance,” such as by scheduling quizzes or tests during class time -- and warning students to be sober.

“Tell them ahead of time that you will ask them to leave if they come to class inebriated and that you will make a report to the dean of students if they engage in disruptive or disrespectful behavior that interferes with others’ learning in the classroom,” reads a recent memo from the provost’s office. Faculty members “have both the authority and responsibility to establish standards for the learning environment in your class. This includes, among other things, establishing classroom policies related to attendance, participation, phone or computer use, preparedness and (relevant to St. Patrick’s Day) sobriety.”

The missive was prompted by what it described as “questions about the authority and responsibility faculty have to manage their classrooms -- especially but not only with regard to potential student misconduct on or around St. Patrick’s Day.”

Today is also the first day of classes after Dayton's spring break. But Paul Benson, provost, said in a statement that the letter is sent every year and is "another tool the university is using to emphasize its expectations for student behavior relating to St. Patrick's Day. The letter reflects long-standing policies regarding faculty authority to address classroom conduct."

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