The following legislation by the Faculty Council gives each instructor the authority to prescribe attendance regulations for his or her classes:
“Regular class attendance is a student obligation, and a student is responsible for all the work, including tests and written work, of all class meetings. No right or privilege exists that permits a student to be absent from any given number of class meetings.” If a student misses three consecutive class meetings, or misses more classes than the instructor deems advisable, the instructor may report the facts to the student’s academic dean. However, only instructors excuse absences from class for valid reasons (illness, family emergency, etc.) A student should present his or her explanation for any absences to the instructor at the next meeting.
Students who are members of regularly organized and authorized University activities and who may be out of town taking part in some scheduled event are to be excused during the approved period of absence. Notification of such an absence must be sent by the responsible University official to the instructor before the date(s) of the scheduled absence.
The University calendar does not recognize religious holidays. The faculty are encouraged to make reasonable accommodations for students requesting to miss class due to the observance of religious holidays.” (Undergraduate Bulletin, Class Attendance Policy.)
In the School of Nursing, the Dean has delegated the handling of absences to course coordinators. The Director of the Undergraduate Program needs to be informed of all unusual situations.
Attendance at Regular Exams or Tests
Students are expected to take tests as scheduled unless an Excused Absence is obtained from an appropriate person before the time of the test. A grade of F will be given to a student with an unexcused absence from a test.
Attendance at Clinical and Practice Lab Experience
- Students are expected to attend all clinical practice lab experiences except when ill.
- Faculty may deny clinical experience for the following reasons:
- Student is unprepared for patient care.
- Student appears either physically and/or psychologically ill.
- Student appears to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Student is unaware of his/her own limitations or fails to seek help when he/she recognizes his/her limitations.
- Student is unkempt and/or unclean.
- Students who need to be absent from a clinical or practice lab must:
- Notify the clinical area and/or instructor prior to the scheduled lab time.
- Be responsible for making up any specific experience. Make-up labs are at the discretion of the individual instructor.