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Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

To: Participants Who Arrive After Classes Are In Progress, Or Leave Early

From: Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D.
Director of Training and Education

Subject: Training and Education's Policy on Late Arrivals and Early Departures

While we understand that circumstances beyond your control may have led you to be late for one of our classes or force you to leave early, nevertheless, we hope you realize that T&E staff must enforce the policies and procedures that govern Staff Development Remission. We also hope you will agree that it can be very disruptive to the learning process to have people enter class late or leave early and that such disruptions are very hard on the other participants and virtually impossible for faculty to accommodate reasonably.

As you know, the university's normal business hours are 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. For this reason, training is conducted between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. (unless otherwise stated in the catalogue). Due to the disruption to the class and to the learning experiences of other attendees, participants who arrive late (in the morning or after lunch) will not be allowed to enter sessions that are already in progress.

In the future, you may want to plan to arrive by 8:30 A.M. to allow sufficient time to: find a parking space, meet the instructor and your fellow students, receive your course materials, and clear your mind to prepare for learning. Also, we ask participants to plan to have an hour free for lunch, and for the course to run its full, allotted time. Leaving class early means that you will not have the opportunity to gain all of the learning outcomes that were intended for the course. In all of these cases, the department (not the Center for Training and Education) is obligated to pay for the cost of training that has been missed.

We want you to understand that the University's policies are clear in these situations and are stated as follows: Arriving late or leaving early on your part will result in your department being charged for the cost of the full day of training. If you want additional information about this policy, please have your supervisor contact me at the number below. I appreciate your acceptance of the rules that govern T&E practice, and I am sorry for any unhappiness these rules may cause.

Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Training and Education
The Johns Hopkins University
1101 East 33rd Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
main phone: 443-997-6800
direct phone: 443-997-6804