University policy requires students to attend the first class meeting of all classes in which they are registered. Instructors are required to report first day attendance for all students registered in their classes. Students who are verified as "Not Attending" a course will be dropped. This policy applies to all levels of courses and includes on campus, off campus, distance learning, two-way interactive video, and internet (online) classes. Students who have verifiable extenuating circumstances which prohibit them from attending the first day of classes must contact their instructor to avoid being dropped from the course. Students who have been recorded as "Not Attending" may not receive financial aid. Attendance will be officially verified before financial aid will be disbursed.
Students are expected to attend all classes. Specific policies concerning class attendance beyond the first class meeting, including excused and excessive absences will be set by each professor.
Attendance and Student Responsibility
Students are expected to attend all classes. Each instructor has the responsibility for setting specific policies concerning class attendance beyond the first class meeting, including whether they will accept excused absences and whether they will allow missed work to be made up. Instructors should have clearly stated attendance policies in their course syllabus and should make clear what constitutes excessive absences. Departments may establish policies concerning class attendance provided there is unanimous agreement by faculty members within the department. The effect of attendance on course grades is left to the discretion of instructors.
Students are responsible for knowing everything that is announced, discussed, or lectured upon in class, as well as for mastering all outside assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of his/her course schedule at all times. It is imperative that the student verify the accuracy of his/her course schedule during the attendance verification period. Students are responsible for dropping all classes that they do not plan to attend or complete. Students are also responsible for registering or adding classes for which they wish to receive credit. Drop/adds must be completed during the drop/add period which is defined on the academic calendar for each term or part of term.
For financial aid reasons, student attendance must be verified before financial aid will be disbursed. Students who have been marked as “not attending” may not receive their financial aid and may be dropped from the class roster. Students may check their attendance status via WINGS.
Students participating in authorized activities as an official representative of the University (i.e., athletic events, delegate to regional or national meetings or conferences, participation in university-sponsored performances) will not receive academic penalties and, in consultation with the instructor of record, will be given reasonable opportunities to complete assignments and exams or given compensatory assignment(s) if needed. The student must provide written confirmation from a faculty or staff advisor to the course instructor(s) at least 10 days prior to the date for which the student will be absent from class. The student is responsible for all material presented in class and for all announcements and assignments. When possible, students are expected to complete these assignments before their absences. In the event of a disagreement regarding this policy, an appeal may be made by either the student or the instructor of record to the corresponding college dean.
Exemption for Military Obligations
A student whose military obligations require his/her absence from class for more than the first day may seek an exemption from the class attendance policy. The student will need to contact the college associate dean to request an exemption from the class attendance policy. Students must also provide the associate dean(s) with a copy of their military orders.
The associate dean(s) will contact the appropriate department chair(s) and course instructor(s) with the exemption request. The course instructor(s) will carefully consider the request and will base their decision upon the course attendance policies and the student’s ability to address any missed coursework upon the student’s return.
The University does not issue an excuse to students for class absences. In case of absence as a result of illness, representation of the University in athletic and other activities, or special situations, instructors may be informed of the reasons for absences, but these are not excuses.
It is the policy of the University to permit students, faculty, and staff to observe those holidays set aside by their chosen religious faith. The faculty should be sensitive to the observance of these holidays so that students who choose to observe these holidays are not seriously disadvantaged. It is the responsibility of those who wish to be absent to make arrangements in advance with their instructor(s).