Attendance Policy

This policy emphasizes the correlation between attendance and academic achievement.

A student is expected to attend all class meetings of courses in which he or she is enrolled. Any form of attendance used by an individual professor as a criterion for evaluation must be specified in the course syllabus and presented to students during the first week of classes.

A student who misses in excess of three weeks of classes prior to the eleventh week of the semester (for any reason whatsoever) must withdraw from the course. The student must follow the regular withdrawal procedure. The faculty member may waive this policy at his or her discretion, but if the faculty member wishes to enforce the policy, he/she will inform the student in writing, who then must initiate the withdrawal. A student so notified who fails to withdraw from the course will be given an F for the course.

An instructor must take attendance in a course at the first class session. At the beginning of the first class session, the instructor may “give away” the seat that has been reserved for any student who has failed to attend the first class without an excused absence. The student whose reserved seat has been reassigned must formally withdraw from the course.

A student expecting to be absent from a class meeting that is a scheduled date for tests, projects, papers, or similar assignments must contact the instructor before the absence (if possible) to arrange for making up work that will be missed.

Make-up procedures apply only to excused absences, including those arising from an emergency. Excused absences include: adverse weather conditions, illness, accident, death in the family, occurrences deemed proper by the instructor, and approved activities. Approved activities include: field trips, scheduled athletic events, off-campus use of academic resources, and authorized special projects.

Make-up procedures for excused absences are determined with the individual instructor; they carry no penalty to the student unless he/she fails to comply with the arrangements agreed upon. Instructors are not obliged to provide make-ups for unexcused absences.

Any student who feels that an instructor has incorrectly handled a request for an excused absence has the right to appeal that decision to the appropriate dean. The decision of the dean is final.

Religious Holidays. Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester, students should submit to their instructors, by the end of the second week of classes, a written list of religious holidays whose observance will cause them to be absent from class. Students are expected to make up missed work. Faculty are expected to make reasonable attempts to accommodate students who are appropriately following this policy.