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7. Attendance (Revised: 2004)

Revision to Rule 7approved by Faculty Senate on 12/12/05 and signed by the President on 01/21/06.  The new rule is effective as of 8/28/06

Please see Current Rule 7 for up to date information.

Introduction The university views class attendance as an individual student responsibility. Students are expected to attend class and to complete all assignments. Instructors are expected to give adequate notice of the dates on which major tests will be given and assignments will be due. This information should be provided on the course syllabus, which should be distributed at the first class meeting. Graduate students are expected to attend all examinations required by departments or advisory committees as scheduled formally.

7.1 The student is responsible for providing satisfactory evidence to the instructor to substantiate the reason for absence. Among the reasons absences are considered excused by the university are the following: (1Muster)

7.1.1 Participation in an activity appearing on the university authorized activity list. (see List of Authorized and Sponsored Activities)

7.1.2 Death or major illness in a student’s immediate family.  Immediate family may include:  mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents, spouse, child, spouse’s child, spouse’s parents, spouse’s grandparents, stepmother, step-father, step-sister, step-brother, step-grandparents, grandchild, step-grandchild, legal guardian, and others as deemed appropriate by faculty member or student’s academic dean.

7.1.3 Illness of a dependent family member.

7.1.4 Participation in legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require a student’s presence.

7.1.5 Religious holy day. (See Appendix IV.)

7.1.6 Illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class (to be determined by Health Center or off-campus physician).

7.1.7 Required participation in military duties.

7.1.8 Mandatory admission interviews for professional or graduate school which cannot be rescheduled.

7.2 If the student is found to be too ill to attend class by a Health Center physician, the director of the Health Center or his/her representative will, on request of the student, confirm this fact.

7.3 If an off-campus physician provides evidence of a student’s illness, the excuse documentation must contain the date and time of the illness and doctor’s opinion that the student was too ill to attend class. If a physician determines that the student is not ill, he or she will not receive an excuse. If no evidence is available, the instructor will decide whether makeup work will be allowed.

7.4 The associate dean for undergraduate programs, or the dean’s designee, of the student’s college may provide a letter for the student to take to the instructor stating that the dean has verified the student’s absence as excused.

7.5 Students may be excused from attending class on the day of a graded activity or when attendance contributes to a student's grade, for the reasons stated in Section 7.1, or other reason deemed appropriate by the student's instructor.  To be excused the student must notify his or her instructor in writing (acknowledged e-mail message is acceptable) prior to the date of absence if such notification is feasible.  In cases where advance notification is not feasible (e.g. unanticipated illness, accident, or emergency) the student must provide notification by the end of the second working day after the absence.  This notification should include an explanation of why notice could not be sent prior to the class.

The student must also provide documentation substantiating the reason for the absence, that is satisfactory to the instructor, within one week of the last date of the absence.  For illness, documentation should include a note from a doctor or clinic.

If the absence is excused, the instructor must either provide the student an opportunity to make up any quiz, exam or other graded activities or provide a satisfactory alternative to be completed within 30 calendar days from the last day of the absence.

7.6 The instructor is under no obligation to provide an opportunity for the student to make up work missed because of an unexcused absence.

7.7 See Part III, Grievance Procedures: 45. Unexcused Absences, for information on appealing an instructor’s decision.

7.8 If the student is absent for excused reasons for an unreasonable amount of time during the semester, the academic dean of the student’s college may consider giving the student a grade of W during the semester enrolled or a NG (no grade) following posting of final grades.

7.9 Whenever a student is absent for unknown reasons for an extended period of time, the instructor should initiate a check on the welfare of the student by reporting through the head of the student’s major department to the dean of the student’s college. 

1  In accordance with Faculty Senate Resolution FS.14.101 (see Faculty Senate meeting minutes of Feb. 10, 1997), "faculty members are encouraged not to hold exams on the day of Muster. Any absence from classes beginning after 5 p.m. to attend Muster will be considered a university excused absence."

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