Millersville University, Faculty Senate

Attachment A

Faculty Senate Minutes

16 April 1996

TO: Faculty Senate
FROM: Behnam Nakhai, Chairperson
Academic Policies Committee
RE: Proposal for Change in the Class Attendance/Grading Policy
DATE: April 16, 1996

Please consider the following rationale in relation to the proposed changes in the Class Attendance/Grading policy as recorded on page 83 of the Governance Manual.

Class Attendance/Grading Policy
[Governance Manual, P. 83]

Current Policy
Students are expected to attend all of their classes and must accept full responsibility for a decision not to attend a class unless official authorization to miss has been received by the instructor teaching the course.

Proposed Changes

Proposed Policy After Above Changes:

1. Subject to the discretion of individual instructors and based on compelling reasons provided by the students, students will not be excused from any more than three class meetings per semester.

2. Each instructor will establish his/her own grading policy based on classroom participation, homework, unannounced quizzes, etc., a written copy of said policy to be distributed at the beginning of the course.

3. Responsibility for materials presented in, assignments made for, and tests/quizzes given in regularly scheduled classes lies solely with the student. However, a student may make up missed work at the discretion of the instructor. If a student misses class for a reason authorized by the instructor, then he/she is entitled to make up the missed work but only at the convenience of the instructor.

4. Any student who has not contacted his/her professor by the end of the second class meeting (for classes meeting two or three times per week) or previous to the beginning of the second class meeting (for classes meeting only once a week) must be removed from a class roll by the instructor. The instructor must inform Registrar's Office of this action no later than the end of the first week of classes.


1. Currently, there is no official acceptable maximum number of class sessions that a student may miss without any penalty.

2. An approved authorized absence issued by the Registrar's Office allows students to miss any number of class sessions and requires the instructors to allow students to make up the work for the classes missed. Increasingly, students are abusing the system. For example, during the month of March 1996 alone, the Registrar's Office has issued over 1035 authorized absences.

3. It seems most appropriate to let the instructor to excuse the absences and determine whether the missing class work can be made up by the student.

4. The proposed policy would allow a student to be absent for a maximum of three class meetings for each course. Any additional absences will be at the discretion of the instructor.

5. The instructor of each course is well in the position to determine whether the work for classes missed can be made up by the student.

6. The proposed policy obligates the student to take on more responsibility and to attend classes/complete work as required.

I will be happy to further explore the rationale for the above proposal in the Senate. Thank you for your consideration.