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Attendance Policy

A mandatory attendance policy started Fall 2012 for all 199- and lower level courses. 

Regular attendance and active participation in classes are essential elements in the learning process. Students are expected to attend all class sessions beginning with and including the first class session. 

In all Foundations of Learning and 100 level courses attendance will be reported on a class session basis until the last day to drop with a “W” grade for every session and semester.  Students will be administratively withdrawn for non-attendance following the process below unless previous arrangements have been made with their instructor. The instructor should be notified of a planned absence a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course meeting time. 

Students must provide a valid excuse for any and all absences, and when possible, provide an official and documented excuse. Consult your instructor regarding what will be considered acceptable. The student whose absence was excused may be allowed to complete an assignment, turn in a paper, and/or make up an examination in accordance with the instructor’s stated procedures and deadlines. 

  • Instructors will consider a student’s verified illness or death of a student’s immediate family member as an excused absence.
  • An absence based on a required military duty will be excused if certified by the student’s commanding officer
  • In cases of religious observances, legal obligations (such as jury duty), or attendance at official University sanctioned activities, the student must inform the instructor a minimum of 24 hours in advance for the absence to be excused
  • Student athletes should review their academic and athletic schedules at the beginning of each session and semester to determine if conflicts exist. It is the responsibility of the student athlete to communicate directly with his/her instructor(s), and make the necessary arrangements to complete the required work. The Athletic Department can provide a written notification that can be submitted to the instructor for each absence. Failure to notify the instructor at least 24 hours in advance will be treated as an unexcused class absence and the student may incur academic consequences.  No class time can be missed for athletic practice or activities which would include on-field practice, training room time, team meetings, and conditioning (weight training/running).
  • In rare and compelling circumstances not listed above, the student should make every effort to discuss reasonable accommodations with the instructor in advance, if feasible, or immediately upon return to class.

Administrative Withdrawal Schedule

For in-seat courses:

1. Any absence during the first week of class – The student will be considered a no-show and administratively removed from the course. All tuition and fees associated with that course will be deleted from the student’s record. 

2. Any absence during the subsequent weeks – The student will be administratively withdrawn based on the last date of attendance. A grade of “W” will be given for the course and tuition charges will be assessed based on that last reported date of attendance. Associated semester and course fees will not be refunded.

3. Reporting of attendance and possible administrative withdrawal will continue for each semester and session until the last day to withdraw with a “W” grade. This date for each semester and session is published on the Davenport website and in the University catalog. The specific date represents the 12th Friday of a 15 week semester, the 9th Friday of a 12 week semester, the 7th Friday of a 10 week session, the 5th Friday of a 7 week session, and the 3rd Friday of a 4 week session.

For online courses:

1. During the first week (7 days) of the course – Students must participate in the online course at least once a week (7 days) by submitting an assignment for grading. Attendance will be defined as participating in an academic activity within the classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion board or submitting a written assignment or Voiceboard for grading. Posting any items not related to the graded assignments will be reviewed but may be disqualified for attendance purposes. This includes emails, discussion topics or other forms of communication with students or the instructor. Students should be aware that more frequent and regular participation may be required to master course material and pass a course. Any student that does not meet this minimum participation during the first 7 days will be considered a no-show and administratively removed from the course. All tuition and fees associated with that course will be deleted from the student’s record.  

2. During each of the subsequent weeks of the class - Students must participate in the online course a minimum once a week during each week of the session or semester. Any student that does not meet this minimum will be administratively withdrawn based on the last date of attendance. A grade of “W” will be given for the course and tuition charges will be assessed based on the last reported date of attendance. Associated semester and course fees will not be refunded.

3. Reporting of attendance and possible administrative withdrawal will continue for each semester and session until the last day to withdraw with a “W” grade. This date for each semester and session is published on the Davenport website and in the University catalog. The specific date represents the 12th Friday of a 15 week semester, the 9th Friday of a 12 week semester, the 7th Friday of a 10 week session, the 5th Friday of a 7 week session, and the 3rd Friday of a 4 week session.

 

In the event of an Administrative Withdrawal the student will receive a DU email notification from the Attendance Application system. The email will be deemed to have been received by the student upon delivery. Students must appeal to their Instructor to be reinstated in the course. Depending on the day(s) and meeting times for the class, this appeal, whenever possible, should be initiated at least one business day prior to the next class meeting. Appeals may be made through the Attendance Appeal process. Students may contact their Advisor for assistance.

While Administrative Withdrawals are done in the Foundations of Learning and 100 level courses in accordance with the policy above, it remains the student’s responsibility to initiate an official withdrawal in all courses if he/she wishes to withdraw on a specific date. Failure to officially withdraw may result in a grade of ‘F’ in the course. Once the session/semester starts the student must contact their advisor to initiate an official withdrawal.

In the case of absences after the mandatory attendance period; class assignments, projects, and class participation may be used as part of the grade, and the instructor may choose not to allow make-ups on these. The instructor is responsible for stating in the syllabus the class policies regarding pop quizzes or makeup exams that may be influenced by class attendance. 

In the College of Health Professions, any absence in the MEDA designated courses and the professional practice experience (Practicum course) in many other College of Health Professions programs may constitute grounds for failure of the course. The course descriptions and/or syllabi will note these attendance expectations. Students may also reference the College of Health Professions Handbook for additional details.

Nursing students should reference the Nursing Handbook for additional attendance policies in the Nursing program.