Attendance and participation are essential. A student’s “Attendance and Participation” grade is assigned at the sole discretion of the instructor at the end of the semester.
Students who consistently attend class, contribute to course-related conversations, ask thoughtful questions and who provide satisfactory responses when called upon can expect a good “Attendance and Participation” grade.
Students that do not do all of the above and/or students who engage in classroom conduct that impedes the learning of others can expect that all or part of their “Attendance and Participation” grade will be lost. Students should attend all classes unless sick.
An important note regarding attendance: if a student does miss class, it is the student’s responsibility to catch up on any related material. While every student is encouraged to use oﬃce hours to gain a better understanding of class material, oﬃce hours are NOT for helping students catch up on material they missed because they were absent.
If you feel unwell, you should not come to campus, and you will not be penalized for your absence. Instructors are required to ensure that attendance is recorded for each in-person or synchronous class session. The primary reason for documentation of attendance is to facilitate contact tracing, so that if a student or instructor with whom you have had close contact tests positive for COVID-19, the university can contact you. Recording of attendance will also provide an opportunity for outreach from student services and/or academic support units to support students should they become ill. Faculty and students agree to act in good faith and work with mutual flexibility. The expectation is that students will be honest in representing class attendance.
Again, the attendance and participation portion of a student’s grade is given at the sole discretion of the instructor. Students will not be penalized for absences directly related to their personal health.