A primary responsibility of students is class attendance. Learning is an experience which requires active participation, and the University expects participation of students in all their scheduled classes be they lectures, online collaborations, laboratories, seminars, studios, field trips or other types of activities. It is understood that occasional absences are unavoidable, but the student is responsible for his or her decision to miss a particular class meeting. In deciding to miss a class, a student must be aware that he or she is accountable, nonetheless, for any test or quiz and all assignments, material covered, and announcements made in that class. Faculty are entirely at their discretion about whether or not to allow a student to make up missed assignments. Furthermore, class participation itself is an appropriate criterion for grading and a student’s failure to participate can be expected to affect his or her grade in the course. Failure to drop or withdraw from a course that the student is not attending may result in a final grade of F.
Requests by students whose religious observance precludes class participation on specific days to reschedule graded work will be honored. Graded work includes final examinations, scheduled tests, graded written assignments, graded laboratory projects, and graded oral assignments. Alternative dates will be set by consulting with the instructor or instructors and, if necessary, through consultation with the Office of Academic and Career Services. It is the student’s responsibility to make alternative arrangements as early as possible.
Students who expect to be absent for more than a full week of classes may contact Academic and Career Services to report the absence. Academic and Career Services will contact the instructors as a courtesy. There are no excused absences at the University of Mary Washington. Make up work is entirely at the discretion of each instructor and may require documentation.