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Attendance Policy for 1000 Level Classes

Faculty will record attendance for the first thirteen weeks of the semester. Credit will not be awarded for any 1000 level course in which a student is absent for whatever reason (sickness, family emergencies, college athletic events, etc.) for more than 20% of the classes during the semester. When absences, for whatever reason, exceed 20% of classes during the semester, the registrar will drop the student from the class and notify the student, the faculty member, and the faculty advisor. (In the day program this is a maximum of eight absences for MWF classes and a maximum of five absences for TR classes.) A student dropped for excessive absences will receive a grade of WF. Students receiving a WF will be notified through their Methodist University email address. A copy of the WF notice will be emailed to the faculty member teaching the course, the student’s advisor and in cases of student athletes their coach.

A student dropped for excessive absences may appeal to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for reinstatement to the class. Appeals must be in writing and be received within five days of notification of the removal. The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will consult with the professor of the class regarding reinstating a student who has appealed.

It is the student’s responsibility to know how many classes he/she has missed. Ignorance of the number of classes missed is not a justification for not being dropped for excessive absences. Student-athletes must consider absences due to athletic events when considering their class schedules. Student-athletes who expect to miss classes due to scheduled athletic events should plan not to be absent from class for other reasons. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in 1000 level courses must adhere to the attendance policy.

Faculty members may enforce a more rigorous attendance policy for the 1000 level classes. These policies should be stated in the syllabus provided at the beginning of the semester.

Attendance Policy for 2000, 3000, and 4000-Level Classes

The attendance policy for 2000, 3000, and 4000-level courses are at the discretion of the faculty member and should be stated in the course syllabus.

WF Appeal Form (PDF)