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The Graduate School assumes that all registered students have freely accepted personal responsibility for regular class attendance. Students are expected to attend all class meetings and laboratory sessions for the courses in which they are enrolled. In cases of emergencies and/or unforeseen circumstances students are expected to notify their instructors and arrange for any possible “makeup” assignments; however, instructors are not required to allow for such “makeup” assignments. All graduate programs/courses will have a stated attendance policy included in each syllabus. Additional attendance guidelines and requirements for graduate students:
• While it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor regarding an absence, if the instructor has not heard from the student, and the student is not participating, the instructor should attempt to contact the student and the program’s academic advisor.
• If a student knows in advance that he/she will be missing class, he/she is required:
o to contact the professor as soon as possible before the absence
o to complete any assignments due during his/her absence before departing for the planned absence
o to gather missed materials from classmates as soon as possible upon his/her return
o to communicate any concerns regarding the course content that was missed to the professor
• If a student must miss a class/chat because of an emergency or illness, he/she is required:
o to contact the professor in order to identify and complete his/her regular assignment(s)
o to complete a make-up assignment that contributes to the subject being studied and enhances the class-learning environment
• A missed class/chat may be made up for partial credit.
• If a student misses two classes/chats, the instructor and the student need to discuss the student’s ability to complete the course. In addition, the student will be required to complete his/her regular assignment(s) and extra work. Specific procedures should be outlined in the syllabus.
• Any additional absences will require retaking the course. The student will be billed and a grade will be issued each time the course is taken.
• Regular attendance is a key factor in determining the continuing financial aid support. Attendance will be used to calculate the amount of aid to be returned if a student used Financial Aid (Title IV) and student discontinues enrollment or withdraws.
• Instructors understand the uncertainty of military requirements and other contractual obligations, and they will work with the student to meet educational goals.
• It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to make appropriate arrangements.
• All Chats and/or Web Ex sessions will be recorded as part of Financial Aid (Title IV) requirement to verify the last date of attendance.
• Students with short or long-term disability concerns that may affect attendance should register with Student Accessibility Services. However, course participation is essential to courses and generally expected in accordance with this policy.

Last modified: March 15, 2018