2020-2021 Catalog Fall Update

Attendance/Contact Policy for Mixed Mode and Distance Learning

Students taking courses in any format at the University are expected to be diligent in their studies and attend class regularly. Regular class attendance/academic engagement is important in achieving learning outcomes in the course and correlates in many cases with participation. As such it may be a valid consideration in determining the final grade. At the beginning of each course, the instructor will inform students of the relevance of class attendance/ contact to the final grade.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requires documentation of course attendance/academic engagement for students receiving VA benefits. The U.S. Department of Education requires documentation of course attendance/last day of academic engagement for students who receive federal financial aid and are seeking a refund.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from a course in which the he or she has enrolled but does not intend to continue. If a student vanishes before 60 percent of the course has transpired, has not done the work, and fails to initiate the procedure for official course withdrawal, a grade of 0.0 or UW will be awarded. If the student’s attendance/academic engagement has been documented through 60 percent or more of the course, but the student has not been diligent about turning in the required assignments according to the course syllabus, the final grade will be awarded based on the work completed.

(Policy #3500.18)