Students often want to leave early or arrive back late before and after scheduled college breaks, in order to simplify travel plans or extend their vacations. We ask faculty not to give in to student pressure to cancel classes before breaks, as this merely increases the pressure on other faculty who may be told that their class is the only thing standing between their students and an early departure.
Cancellations/Postponement: Occasionally a class must be canceled because of conferences, illness, family crisis, etc. In such a case you should find a way of making up the lost hours. You should notify students in advance whenever possible. In case of sudden illness, you should call the Department Coordinator, who will notify the students for you. If you plan to miss a class because you will be at an academic conference, you should either arrange for a colleague to meet your class at the regular time or schedule a make-up class at a time convenient for most students. (Students should not be penalized, directly or indirectly, for their inability to attend a class that has been rescheduled due to the instructor's absence). Such absences should be kept to a minimum. See "Guidelines for Middlebury College Faculty" for more information.
See the "Course Registration and Conduct of Courses" section in the Middlebury College Handbookon the web for more guidelines and information concerning classes (i.e. absences, class meeting and scheduling, etc).