Attendance

There is a relationship between the academic success of the student and class attendance. The university expects students to accept their responsibility to attend class regularly and promptly. Classes are held up to the date and hour preceding vacations and they resume promptly after the recess in accordance with the academic calendar. Students are expected to attend class meetings prior to and immediately following holiday periods. Students not officially enrolled in a course offered by the university may not attend class.

Individual instructors have the prerogative to establish requirements for class attendance. Students are responsible for complying with the instructor’s requirements and expectations. Absences for justifiable reasons such as illness; significant family crisis; observance of religious holidays; jury duty; or participation as a university representative in athletic contests, conferences, or cultural performances may be excused by the instructor if previous absences are not excessive and if the student has made prior arrangements with the instructor to make up missed work. Instructors must assess a grade of “FA” for students who fail a course due primarily to poor or nonattendance.

Students are fully responsible for making up work missed due to class absence, both excused and unexcused. When students are absent, they are responsible for obtaining class notes and assignments from reliable sources. Instructors are not required to supply notes. Assignments and projects are to be delivered to the instructor on the assigned date, even when the student does not attend class. Without permission of an individual instructor, no test or class material will be repeated or rescheduled.

Prolonged illness or extraordinary circumstances such as a death in the family must be reported to the Office of Student Affairs, which notifies the student’s instructor(s) of the absence (see Short-Term Emergency Notification section). Students absent for a significant time should consult with their academic advisor or associate or assistant dean before deciding to withdraw or continue.


Faculty will be recording students who have not been attending. Students who are reported as not attending one or more of their courses in the first two weeks of fall or spring classes will be withdrawn from those course(s) with a grade of W. Students who are reported as not attending 50% or more of their courses in the first two weeks of fall or spring classes will be withdrawn from those courses with a grade of W and may be withdrawn from the university after the first four weeks of the semester.

Students who are reported as not attending one or more of their courses in the first week of a summer session will be withdrawn from those course(s) with a grade of W. Students who are reported as not attending 50% or more of their courses in the first week of a summer session will be withdrawn from those courses with a grade of W and may be withdrawn from the university after two weeks into the summer session.