Each instructor shall determine the class attendance
policy for each of his or her courses as long as the instructor's policy does
not conflict with university policy. The instructor's attendance policy will be
provided to the class on a syllabus distributed at the first class meeting.
Class attendance may be a criterion in determining a student's final grade in
the course if the instructor provides a written statement to this effect in the
Students should consult with their
instructors about all class absences. It is the responsibility of the student
to notify the instructor immediately about class absences, to provide
appropriate documentation for an absence, and discuss any missed class time,
tests, or assignments. Except in the case of university excused absences, it is
the decision of the instructor to excuse an absence or to allow for any
additional time to make up missed tests or assignments. Excused absences should
not lower a student's course grade, provided that the student, in a manner
determined by the instructor, is able to make up the work that has been missed
and is maintaining satisfactory progress in the course.
Student Health Services do not issue
official written excuses for illness or injury, but will upon request at the
time of the visit, provide a note confirming that the student has received
care. In the event that the student is seriously ill or injured at the time of
final examinations, Student Health Services on request by the student, may recommend
a medical incomplete. A student who receives medical care from another licensed
medical provider may take his or her instructor a note from that provider
indicating that the student was too ill or injured to attend class, and listing
the date(s) for which the student was unable to attend. The instructor may
choose to accept these notes as evidence of excused absences.
The Dean of Students may authorize a
university-excused absence in the following situations:
It is the student's responsibility
to obtain verification of a university-excused absence by contacting the Dean
of Students. Requests for university-excused absences should be submitted,
whenever possible, to the Dean of Students at least a week prior to the
scheduled absence. Requests submitted after the fact will be disapproved unless
circumstances made prior approval impossible.
Instructors are expected to honor
valid university excused absences and to provide reasonable and equitable means
for students to make up work missed as a result of those absences. Students who
anticipate missing 10% or more of class meeting time as a result of
university-excused absences are required to receive approval from the
instructor at the beginning of the semester. Student experiences that cannot be
made up should be discussed at the onset of the course to ensure that continued
enrollment is feasible while there is still the opportunity to drop the course
within the schedule change period.
A student who believes that he or
she has been treated unfairly concerning absences or has been misinformed by
the instructor regarding that instructor's absence policy shall have the right
to appeal. The appeal shall be in writing to the instructor's department chair
or school director, and in the event the resolution is not satisfactory, the
final decision rests with the academic dean.