Cancelling Class

Please follow the correct procedure when unforeseen circumstances prevent you from instructing a scheduled class. Unpredictable events occur in everyone’s life. But there are a number of ways to make sure that you meet your class time obligation. When you cannot instruct your class at the last minute, a Student Affairs professional may be available to deliver a general presentation relevant to all MCC students. Check availability at MCC Speaks!

In addition, there are other valuable make up alternatives in our DCE contract for faculty who have canceled classes.  Our DCE contract provides the following methods to you for making up class time with the prior approval of the College:

  1. schedule a meeting of the class on another day that is mutually agreeable to the unit member, the students and the College;
  2. begin earlier and/or end class later for as many sessions required to compensate for the time missed;
  3. assign a paper, project, or a self-directed learning experience which will require a time span equivalent to one class period;
  4. by another method proposed by the unit member and approved by the appropriate dean.

When you have to miss class, you are required to contact the college.  Contact your divisional dean or your administrative assistant.

In addition to cancelling class through your division, it is also suggested that you email students via Blackboard and alert your department chair.  If you must take a prolonged absence, contact your department chair so alternative instruction can be secured.

Adjuncts accrue sick time through the state system.  If you are sick, you can contact HR to use your sick time.

Running Late?

If you’re running late, please see the list below and contact the administrative assistant for the building in which you teach so he/she can tell the students.  The general college policy is that students may leave if the instructor isn’t there within 15 minutes after the class starts.  However, the admin can let students know that you are on your way and students will stay.

Lowell, City 978-656-3156
Lowell, Federal 978-656-3631
Lowell, Talbot 978-656-3095 or 3054
Lowell, Derby 978-656-3280

Bedford, Henderson Hall: Kristen McBride-Silva: 781-280-3827 or Stephanie Adams: 781-280-3842
Bedford, Academic Resources: Wendy Khadjikian: 781-280-3716


College Closing and Delayed Opening Information

Access college closing and delayed opening alerts via text message, Facebook, or Twitter:

When inclement weather or emergency necessitates the closing of the college and cancellation of all scheduled activities, the information is available on the media outlets listed below. Cancellation notices are posted on the MCC Portal and a recorded message is available at: Bedford 781-280-3200 or Lowell 978-656-3200.

The decision to cancel evening classes and events is generally made after 2p.m., and faculty/staff should review media information before commuting to the college.


WHDH Channel 7 WCAP 980AM

WBZ Channel 4 WBZ 1030AM

A delayed opening means the college will open at 9:30 a.m.

Classes scheduled to begin before 9:30 a.m. will not take place.

Last Modified: 8/4/23