Class Attendance

Class attendance is an important part of the academic process and should be considered both a privilege and a responsibility. The professor of a course has the right to dismiss any disruptive student during any class session. Absences should be taken only for important and necessary reasons.

Attendance Policy

Each student has a responsibility to meet the university's standards in pursuing academic study. Students are expected to attend class regularly. Students are never "excused' from their course work because of absences. Consult the course syllabus on the policies for making up work because of an illness. If you need to be excused due to a personal or family emergency, obtain documentation from the dean of student's office and make it available to your instructors. Permission to be absent from class to participate in co-curricular university activities must be granted by the Office of Academic Affairs. Arrangements for other absences should be handled between you and your instructor.

The university calendar provides instructional dates for teachers and students. Students are expected to attend classes through the last day of each semester, unless a prolonged or continuing illness or an emergency situation exists. Students should not make travel plans that begin before the end of finals week.

Absence Due to Illness

As soon as an illness is known to affect class attendance or performance, students are expected to contact professors. Documentation of extended illness is issued by the Student Life Office or Health and Counseling Services only to students who have been seen by or contacted the medical staff during their illness and whose illness has prevented class attendance for at least three consecutive days. Students should contact the Student Life Office or the Health and Counseling Office for assistance.

Documentation of illness may be necessary for substantiating requests for late withdrawal, etc. as required in the academic petition process.