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Undergraduate Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Specific absence policies are determined by each academic department and faculty member, announced at the beginning of each course, and presented in the course syllabus. Students whose absence exceeds the announced departmental or faculty policy may receive a course grade of "F." Such students are permitted to attend the remaining classes but are not permitted to take any examinations. 

If a student misses a class due to participation as a team member, attendance at a conference, or other official function in which the student represents the University, this may still be considered an absence under the departmental attendance policy. A student who is absent due to representing the University for an official function is, however, entitled to makeup work missed if the student fulfills the instructor notification requirements of the policy. Students are not to be penalized for any missed assignments, projects, examinations, tests, etc. or to have their daily grades automatically reduced when covered by this policy. Furthermore, the faculty must allow the student to "make up" or complete any assignments, etc., that were missed due to officially sanctioned obligations. Faculty are under no obligation to tutor or otherwise provide missed instruction. Faculty will determine when make-up exams are scheduled and when missed assignments are due. 

The following situations are not covered by this policy:

  • Conflicts between practice and class
  • Conflicts between preparation for academic or student life events and class
  • Non-emergency training room and medical appointments
  • Requests not appropriately documented and submitted to the faculty member
  • End-of-season tournaments, academic conferences, or student life (e.g., student government) conferences may require less than one week's notification. 
In production and performance-based courses, the student must realize that there are learning activities and experiences which cannot be made up outside class. Therefore, students needing to schedule a performance or production-based course that may conflict with outside obligations must consult with the academic department head to avoid registration of such course during a semester when the students are likely to experience conflicts between classes and obligatory events. 

Notification Requirements
  1. Athletic Competition (Events only, not practice or preparation).
    The Department of Athletics must provide each student-athlete with a detailed schedule (including times and dates the athletes will be unavailable for classes) of competitive events including pre- and post-game obligations. The student-athlete must deliver this schedule to the affected professor at least one week before a conflict arises in obligations. 

  2. Academic and Student Life University-Sanctioned Events.
  3. The appropriate department head or faculty/staff advisor must provide each student who is officially representing the University at an event with a detailed schedule of competitive events including pre- and post-event obligations (e.g., model UN, AMA meetings, student government conferences). The schedule must be delivered to the affected professor at least one week before a conflict arises in obligations. 

Appeals dealing with this policy by faculty or students are to be considered by the faculty member's department head.

Revised June 2006