2024 Summer Sessions Instruction Guidelines

April 1, 2024

Dear Colleagues:

We are preparing for the University's 2024 Summer School Sessions (I & II). Please use the attached Summer Faculty Appointment Form to submit the requested information for each person assigned to teach courses offered by your department this summer. Include the identifying numbers of the course(s) each faculty member is scheduled to teach. The Summer Faculty Appointment Form is due to the Office of the Provost by Friday, May 3, for Summer Session I and by Tuesday, June 21, for Summer Session II.  In the form, please indicate if the faculty member is an initial appointment, reappointment, or extended appointment using the following criteria: 

Initial Summer Appointments: Faculty candidates assigned to teach summer school courses who have not held temporary (full-time or part-time), probationary tenure-track, career-status, or tenured faculty positions within the last 3 years.

Prior to teaching, initial summer faculty candidates must be 1) approved at the appropriate rank, by the respective department, school/college, and Office of the Provost and 2) on-boarded and hired by the Office of Human Resources.  Approval of the appointment (rank, title) for initial appointments will be managed within Faculty Success.

Summer Reappointments: Faculty appointed as summer school faculty in summer 2023 who did not also hold a temporary (full-time or part-time), probationary, career-status, or tenured faculty position during AY2023-2024. Reappointed faculty must be approved at the respective department, school/college, and university levels. Please ensure that documentation of teaching effectiveness (i.e., summer session student evaluations, peer evaluations) are submitted as part of the application, which will be generated via Faculty Success

Extended Summer Appointments: Faculty with current appointments in AY2023-2024 that expire May 17, 2024. You must complete an appointment extension in Faculty Success to generate an updated contract for the faculty member to teach summer sessions.

After you receive notification that the appointment has been approved, please direct each new faculty member to contact Office of Human Resources (OHR) prior to or during his/her first week of employment to certify Department of Homeland Security documentation.  The OHR office is located in the HU Service Center, 2244 Tenth Street, NW, Suite 422; email hrprocessing@howard.edu.

Transaction Processing: All compensation transactions should be approved in time for the May31 payroll.  All compensation transactions for summer school will be entered by the Office of the Provost. 

If you need any assistance related to this process, please contact any of the following individuals:

  • Britney Allen, Program Manager, Office of the Provost & Chief Academic Officer, briallen@howard.edu
  • Department of HRIS, Office of Human Resources, hrprocessing@howard.edu
  • Office of the Payroll, payroll@howard.edu
  • Faculty Success Helpdesk, Office of the Provost, facultysuccess@howard.edu

Summer Hiring Policies

  • In accordance with 500-012 University Hiring Policy, all initial faculty candidates must be on-boarded and have approval to work from the Office of Human Resources prior to teaching or receiving a paycheck. 
  • Reappointed faculty must sign new contracts through Faculty Success before they can begin teaching or receiving a paycheck.
  • Individuals who violate these policies will be disciplined, up to and including possible termination of employment.

Please ensure that all faculty have been properly authorized to work and fully comply with all applicable University policies.  If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Human Resources (OHR) or any other persons listed above.  OHR will provide additional guidance to assist with processing these transactions.

Faculty Compensation

a. For probationary tenure-track and tenured faculty who are eligible to receive compensation for summer teaching at Howard, the formula for courses meeting the minimum enrollment threshold is:

1/39 x 9-month salary x credit hours taught/session

b. Remuneration for faculty involved in the supervision of independent study, thesis/dissertation, etc., is 50% of the tuition amount paid by each student. Faculty requests to offer more than 12 credit hours individualized instruction per session must be approved in writing by the Dean and Provost. (Please ensure that thesis and dissertation researchas appropriate, are scheduled by all graduate departments.)

c. For part-time or adjunct faculty:

All Adjunct (part-time) faculty members will be paid a minimum of $1,800 per credit-hour.

The policies and procedures that govern the Summer Sessions are attached below. Please distribute a copy to all faculty engaged in summer instruction.  If you have questions concerning this information, kindly contact Ms. Britney Allen in the Office of he Provost as soon as possible briallen@howard.edu.

Thank you for adhering to the dates and processes identified in this letter.  Enjoy the remainder of the semester.


Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer

cc:  Charles Pugh, Director of Employee Relations & HR Services



Upon the recommendation of the Chair, Dean and the approval of the Provost, summer faculty appointments or extensions are made for faculty who held faculty appointments at Howard University in either the spring or fall term immediately before the summer term. Faculty candidates who have not held appointments in the prior 3 years must be processed as initial appointments. Temporary faculty candidates who taught in the summer prior must be processed as reappointments. Persons holding summer faculty appointments at another institution are not eligible for a simultaneous appointment to the summer faculty at Howard University.

Faculty members engaged in sponsored research during the summer and who wish to teach summer school must determine the apportionment of their effort on a case-by-case basis with their deans to avoid any potential conflict with the university's research policies and with federal regulations. Each 3- or 4-credit hour course represents 20 to 25 percent of an instructor's summer effort, but, depending on the particular circumstances, the percentage might be more or less. A faculty member may not charge 100 percent of his or her summer salary to a sponsored project and also teach a class for which the university provides compensation. Faculty members wishing to teach and conduct sponsored research must discuss the details with their deans.


Minimum:      5                                              Maximum:     25

Course enrollment level is determined by the number of paid students who have completed registration by 5:00 p.m., on May 20, 2024, for Session I and by 5:00 p.m. on June 24, 2024, for

Session II. The minimum number of enrollees required to offer a class normally is five (5) students. Classes with fewer than 5 students will be cancelled unless extraordinary circumstances require their continuation. With the recommendation of the dean, exceptions to the minimum enrollment requirement may be considered in cases where the course is required for students who are prospective graduates for either the summer or fall terms, and if the course will not be offered in the fall. In such cases, a letter from the department chairperson, endorsed by the dean, justifying the continuation of the class, should be sent to the Office of the Provost.

The official cancellation process and the guidelines are as follows:

  • The request to cancel a course must be initiated by the dean, chairperson or individual designated as responsible for the administration of the department's summer program. For this purpose, the standard course scheduling/cancellation form may be used, or the request may be transmitted on official stationery; the request form or memorandum must be approved by either the Department Chair or the Dean; requests from faculty members that are not countersigned by the Chair or Dean will not be accepted.
  • Requests to cancel courses in which there are less than five paid students (and for which special approval for continuation was not granted by the Provost) may be transmitted directly to the Office of the Registrar for processing and no additional justification is required.
  • However, if the course either has at least five paid students or is one for which the Provost had granted an exception for continuation, the cancellation request must be approved by the Provost. For these courses, the Dean or Chairperson must provide a detailed justification for the cancellation.
  • Approval to cancel courses for which there are at least five paid students will NOT be granted unless the Dean confirms that arrangements have been made for each validated student (a) to be placed in other sections of the same course, (b) to be placed in an alternate course acceptable to the student or (c) for the course to be offered on an individual instruction basis to any validated enrollee who desires to complete the course.
  • Also, approval will not be granted by the Provost for the cancellation of independent study, thesis/dissertation, or research courses in which at least one student is enrolled and paid, except with special justification by the Chair/Dean.
  • ALL requests for the cancellation of Summer Session courses in which validated students are enrolled MUST be received by either Office of the Registrar or the Provost, as appropriate, no later than the fourth-class day of the session.


The names of enrolled students will appear on the class rosters which are updated daily throughout the registration period. Following the close of late registration and change of program period, the final official list will be provided. This class list will reflect all eligible students who are enrolled and financially validated for summer session. Faculty members may view their official class rosters on-line at any time during the enrollment period.

Payroll preparation and related matters are based on the official class rosters and course enrollment levels. Therefore, it is important to remind students that their registration is not complete until all tuition and fee charges have been paid IN FULL. Any student who maintains he/she has completed registration, and paid the required fees, but whose name does not appear on the class roster should be advised to report immediately to the Academic Recording service window, 1st Floor Administration Building, to obtain documentation of official registration. Only those students who have paid the required tuition and whose names appear on the official class rosters are authorized to remain in classes and receive instruction.

Faculty are not authorized to accept assignments from a student whose name does not appear on the official class roster or permitted to allow the student to remain in class. Refer any such student to the office of the registrar immediately!!



Summer Session I:  May 20 – June 23                                Summer Session II:  June 24 – July 27


Summer Session I

Registration                                                                            May 16 – 20, 2024

Classes Begin                                                                         May 20, 2024

Change of Program Period                                                     May 16 - 20, 2024

Last Day to Withdraw from a Course                                    June 3, 2024

Formal Classes End                                                               June 18, 2024

Last Day to Complete a Total Withdrawal                             June 7, 2024

(For Summer Session I)

First Five-Week Summer Session Ends                                 June 23, 2024


Summer Session II

Registration                                                                            June 20 – 24, 2024

Classes Begin                                                                         June 24, 2024

Change of Program Period                                                     June 20 – 24, 2024

Last Day to Withdraw from a Course                                    July 12, 2024

Formal Classes End                                                               July 24, 2024

Last Day to Complete a Total Withdrawal                             July 12, 2024

(For Summer Session II)

Second Five-Week Summer Session Ends                            July 27, 2024


Faculty are not authorized to relocate a class to a classroom location other than that assigned by the Office of the Registrar. It is very important that faculty contact the Office of the Registrar prior to relocating a class from the assigned classroom. All classrooms change request forms must be submitted to Office of the Registrar prior to the beginning of classes each session.


Persons who were not employed by the University during the academic year (2023– 2024) are required to complete the appropriate tax forms during the first week of employment. Tax forms may be completed by logging into the Workday application http://www.workday.howard.edu or through the Department of Payroll, which is located at the HU Service Center, 2244 Tenth Street, NW, and Third Floor.


Faculty members will not be allowed to teach more than 6 credit hours per Summer Session totaling no more than 12 credit hours for both Summer Sessions without the written approval of the Department Chair and Dean.  Howard University salaries for full-time faculty for the summer are determined by computing the individual's 9-month salary and the number of credits taught per summer session (Formula: 1/39 x 9-month salary x the number of credit hours taught per session) if it does not exceed the threshold (IBS divided 1/3rd and result to be restricted to 80%).

For those courses traditionally offered as "individualized instruction" (i.e., thesis, dissertation, research), faculty will be paid 50% of the tuition.

All Adjunct (part-time) faculty members will be paid a minimum of $1,650 per credit-hour.

Payments will be distributed according to the schedule below:

Session I                                             Session II

           31 June 2024                                        12 July 2024

         14 June 2024                                        26 July 2024

          28 June 2024*                                     9 August 2024*


*Deposits will be issued only on these dates and final deposits will be issued ONLY to those faculty who have submitted all completed "Grade Sheets" to the Office of the Dean of their respective college/school, within 3 business days following the last day of each summer session. (Summer Session I ends June 23; Summer Session II ends July 27.)