University Class Attendance Policy
The University supports departmental and faculty class attendance policies that are reflective of and consistent with University approved guidelines. Faculty will include their class attendance policy in their syllabi given to all students in their classes at the start of the semester.
University approved guidelines:
As with any academic issue, students may exercise their right to appeal adverse attendance decisions to the department chair, school dean, and provost.
The intent of this proposed policy is to make class attendance the responsibility of the student and verification the responsibility of the faculty. This change in policy subsequently removes the Registrar as an intermediary in authorizing class absences. Faculty must make their attendance policy clear to the student and will be the judge of the validity of student absences from class, within the guidelines of the policy. It is expected that faculty attendance policies will be reasonable and will recognize the validity of the student=s extra-curricular responsibilities, legitimate illnesses, family tragedies, and other responsibilities of the student in a modern society.
Since students will be responsible for complying with an instructor=s attendance policy and completing missed assignments, and instructors will determine whether an absence is justified, it is unnecessary for the Registrar's Office to be involved in the process of evaluating a reasons for missing class and providing documentation of excused absences. The Health Center will continue the practice of verifying a student=s illness which may affect his/her ability to attend class.