Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege, and students are expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes in which they are enrolled. Students enrolled in e-learning classes must log in and participate in course activities. Failure to do so may jeopardize a student's scholastic standing and may lead to suspension from the University.
Date enacted or revised:
Rev. December 2, 2013
- Each instructor is encouraged to keep an attendance record for each class. Instructors are required to state in each course syllabus their expectations regarding class attendance and make-up policies. The course syllabus must be distributed during the first week of the semester.
- A student must submit excuses for class absences within the time frame specified in the syllabus. If the absence is due to required participation in a University sanctioned event (band trips, special field trips, music performances, athletic team trips, etc.), the student must present an official University excuse signed by the provost.
- Students who are absent due to medical issues should present valid documentation signed by a health care provider to the instructor as soon after the absence as possible. The instructor will determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. Medical documentation is subject to verification by the instructor. Proof of medical issues that cause a student to be absent for an extended period must be presented to the instructor as soon as possible after the student receives this diagnosis from a medical professional. The instructor may allow the student to complete exams or assignments in an alternative course format (use of Moodle, use of note takers, independent study, etc.), if appropriate. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and make arrangements and discuss if options are available to complete the course requirements. Note: An "incomplete" grade for the course must be in accordance with University policy.
- When the excuse is presented to the instructor in the specified time frame, the instructor will provide the student with an opportunity to complete any outstanding work due to the absence. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to make arrangements for makeup work or exams. After the student has provided the instructor with an official University excuse, make up assignments or exams should be completed as soon as possible after the absence or when appropriate, prior to the absence.
- Instructors will not require a student to make up all exams at once.
Recipients of Federal financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid and consult the section of the catalog concerning financial aid to understand the implications of withdrawals for non-attendance on funding and the repayment of funding received. Students must also understand that failure to attend class may have a negative impact on TOPS eligibility, private insurance coverage, tax status, or other financial assistance.