Recently, my college began placing staff around the school to record when instructors arrive. The record is to the second. A school announcement also warned against arriving late and ending lessons early by even fraction of a minute. I am somewhat surprised to find this in a tertiary institution. How common is this?

  • I've never heard of this kind of clock-punching setup before, but it doesn't necessarily seem like a bad thing. At the school where I teach, it is extremely common to have teachers teach significantly less than the number of hours they're hired to. For example, when I have a 10:30 class, and there's a class in the classroom before mine that is supposed to end at 10:20, it may happen that the instructor who does the earlier class is always done by 10:00. I also hear horror stories from my students about profs who miss literally half their classes, canceling by email each time.
    – user1482
    Mar 27, 2014 at 15:48
  • "I am somewhat surprised to find this in a tertiary institution." I am not. Only a tertiary institution would have so much free cycles left to spare as to be able to pull this off, and faculty so unworthy for such a practice to be gainful in any sense. Decent institutions don't have to worry about stupid stuff like that.] Mar 28, 2014 at 0:34
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    @Kuba I think "tertiary" here means third-level (i.e. college/university level), not third-class.
    – mhwombat
    Mar 28, 2014 at 0:43
  • @user10529 In any case, the institution of such a policy makes the instituting institution a tertiary one, as in third-class :) Mar 28, 2014 at 0:48

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I thinks it depends if the instructor is Tenured, part time or a contract instructor. For the later two, I would believe that the school would have some time sheet system for payroll purposes. Its becoming common. Temple university has a template for time sheet for instructors http://www.temple.edu/cjtp/pdfs/Instructor%20Timesheet.pdf

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