As a freeway flier, I have five different sets of institutional policies to keep straight. The bugger of them all is the professorial absence policy. Before I go on, I understand that professionalism demands that we make every effort to suck it up and show up. But sometimes hell and high water happens.
I'm in that situation, and I'm feeling sick over canceling a class this afternoon. The options were to have a random instructor show Gattaca or cancel. Not wanting to waste student's time, I went with the cancel option. This institution requires that I notify the administration, so I did; it's the only time I've canceled, and the policy does state that we get one absence (preferably with a sub, but it's not 100% required.) Still I'm sweating over the cancellation even more than the situation that has led to the cancellation.
So I've got a three-part question:
1. What's the professorial-absence policy at your institution(s)?
2. What reasons do you consider valid for a professor to cancel a class?
3. How do you feel about a prof who cancels, even if it's within the policy guidelines?