Current Students


Regular attendance in all classes is assumed. Each instructor determines the relationship between class attendance, the objectives of the class and your grade. The instructor is responsible for informing you of attendance policies and the effect of attendance on your grade. You are responsible for knowing the policy of each course in which you enroll.

Only the instructor can approve your request to be absent from class. You are responsible for requesting such approval when an absence is unavoidable.

Students involved in University-sponsored activities, including intercollegiate athletics, may need to be excused from a class, lab, or studio meeting. In all instances, it is your responsibility to present a written request for permission for the absence from the instructor. You must also discuss how the absence will affect your ability to meet the course requirements. You should do this as early in the semester as possible. While instructors should seek to the greatest extent possible, consistent with course requirements, to make reasonable accommodations for a student involved in University-sponsored activities, you should recognize that not every course can accommodate absences and neither the absence (nor the notification of an absence) relieves you from meeting the course requirements.

In recognition of the diversity of the student body, the University provides that you may request an excused absence from class for participation in religious observances. In such instances, it is your responsibility to request, in writing, that the instructor permit the absence. You must also discuss how the absence will affect your ability to meet the course requirements. You should make any such requests before the course drop deadline for the semester.

Attendance during the first two class sessions is required. The instructor has the option to drop you from class if you do not attend the first two hours during which the class meets, in order to allow other students to enroll. You will be issued a drop by the instructor from the course if prior to the drop deadline for the given term or issued a grade of UW if after the drop deadline for a given course. Not all instructors will exercise this option; therefore, you should not assume that non-attendance will automatically drop you from class.

Academic Appeals

Students may appeal any academic decision that they consider arbitrary or capricious, or contrary to University policy. See Academic Appeal Process for the procedures for appealing an academic decision.