Attendance Policy

Attendance and participation create a vibrant learning community and ensure success. Please attend all classes. 

With the exception of required, university-sponsored events (such as documented out-of-town games for our Golden Eagle student-athletes), we make no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences.

Up to 2 absences for a T/Th or M/W class are permitted without penalty to accommodate for illness, death-in-the-family, or other similar emergencies. 

Absences 3 and 4 (T/Th or M/W) will result in a point penalty, 5 points per absence, at the instructor's discretion. Excessive absences (5 or more in T/th or M/W class) may result in course failure.

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 or text message -- just as you would at your job. 

If you are planning an absence in advance for personal reasons, please make prior arrangements as a professional courtesy and plan 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. 

The university attendance policy:
Regular class attendance is an important part of a student’s total performance required for the satisfactory completion of any course, and an unsatisfactory attendance record may adversely affect a student’s final grade recorded for the course. 1. A student is expected to attend each meeting of every class for which he/she is registered. 2. Each instructor is responsible for explaining, in writing, the practice in the treatment of absences at the beginning of each course.