Writing and literature courses differ from larger lecture-only courses. Total participation creates a vibrant learning community. Please attend all classes.
With the exception of required, university-sponsored events (such as out-of-town games for our Golden Eagle student-athletes), we make no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences.
Up to 4 absences for a T/Th class or 2 absences for a weekly class are permitted to accommodate for illness, death-in-the-family, or other similar emergencies (3 absences in a summer class). Within the allowed absences (like "sick days" or "personal days" at a job), all reasons for missing class are equally valid. Students intent on earning an A or B should strive for perfect attendance. Point deductions for missed classes are on a course-by-course basis & at the instructor's discretion.
If you need to miss class for any reason, I expect you to contact me by e-mail, text message (always sign your name to texts), or phone -- just as you would at your job.
If you are planning an absence in advance for personal reasons, please make prior arrangements to submit any required work due during your absence.
If your (1) absences exceed those allowed for your course or (2) do not attend any mandatory out-of-class teacher/student conferences, you could fail the class.
Please consult the University Attendance Policy.