Class Attendance

Regular class attendance is a responsibility and a privilege of University education. It is fundamental to the orderly acquisition of knowledge. Students should recognize the advantages of regular class attendance, accept it as a personal responsibility, and apprise themselves of the consequences of poor attendance. Instructors should stress the importance of these responsibilities to students, set appropriate class attendance policies for their classes, and inform students of their requirements in syllabi and orally at the beginning of each term.

Student’s Responsibility
Knowledge of each instructor’s attendance policy and monitoring his or her class absences throughout the term.

  • Familiarity with all materials covered in each course during absences and make-up of any work required by the instructor.
  • Inform each instructor as far in advance as possible when conflicts or absences can be anticipated (e.g., athletic team events, work, medical procedures, religious observances, etc.) by email, phone, or by contacting the main office of the department that offers the course.
  • Provide appropriate documentation so that each instructor can make an informed decision as to whether or not the absence is excusable.
  • Initiation of requests for make-up work missed because of class absences. The decision to assist the student with make-up work, including tests, rests with the instructor.
  • Follow-up on all notices from the Registrar regarding course enrollment in order to correct registration.

Instructor’s Responsibility

  • Setting of reasonable regulations for class attendance as appropriate for class content, organization, methodology, and size.
  • Description of attendance policies in course syllabi and announcement in class, particularly at the beginning of each term.
  • Maintenance of class attendance records of enrolled students as appropriate for the attendance policy.
  • Exaction of penalties for unsatisfactory class attendance. Possible penalties are lowering the course grade, including a grade of F, and, in extreme circumstances, dropping the student from the course.

Dean of Students Office Responsibility

  • Notify each instructor on the student’s behalf when personal reasons (e.g., family emergency, illness, bereavement, birth of a child, military duty, etc.) prevent the student from properly notifying each instructor because of circumstances beyond the student’s control. The student or the student’s representative should contact the Dean of Students Office (336-334-5514) if the student is unable to make direct contact by email or phone with each instructor or is unable to leave word with each instructor’s department.
  • Review documentation by a licensed health professional and confirm its receipt with each instructor if the student experiences a medical or psychological event that significantly impairs his/her ability to function successfully or safely as a student.
  • The student should be aware that assistance of the Dean of Students Office does not change in any way the outcome of the instructor’s decision regarding the student’s academic work, grades and performance in any given course.

Religious Observance

The University allows for a limited number of excused absences each academic year for religious observances required by the faith of the student.

  • Students must notify instructors of absences in advance of the date of the religious observance. Instructors have the authority to specify, via written notice to students, the amount of lead time required and may require that the nature of the religious observance be specified and the student’s participation be confirmed in writing by an official of the religious organization.
  • When appropriate notice is provided by a student, the student must be granted at least two excused absences per academic year under this policy and must be allowed to make up or waive work and tests missed due to these particular absences. With regard to any test or other assignment that a student would miss due to notice of a required religious observance, faculty members may require the student to complete the test or assignment in advance of the originally scheduled date of the test or assignment. Beyond the minimum terms and limits of this policy, instructors maintain authority to establish and enforce the attendance policy for the courses they are teaching.
  • The requirement for students to make such requests for excused absences applies only to days when the University is holding class.

Appeals (Attendance)
If a student thinks there is a discrepancy between the instructor’s exaction of a penalty for unsatisfactory class attendance and the stated policy or that there is an extenuating circumstance that may affect the instructor’s decision, then he or she should first make a request to the instructor. If there is no resolution at the informal stage or the student wishes to pursue a formal appeal, refer to the Graduate School Appeals Procedure.