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Attendance Policy

Faculty are to report anticipated absences from their teaching responsibilities to their Dean, the Registrar, and the Office of the Provost.

Class attendance and participation by students are expected. However, class attendance policies are generally within the discretion of the individual professor. A student is entitled to at least one standard 50 minute period of absence for each credit hour without penalty as the minimum. Professors should announce the attendance policy to classes at the beginning of each course and include details in course syllabi. (Requests for reasonable accommodation by qualified students with disabilities may require relaxation of attendance and classroom participation policies; the University will confer with affected faculty members in such circumstances.)

When faculty are the first to become aware that a student's absence is due to hospitalization or a major illness, they are requested to report this to the Registrar's office.

Attendance is to be taken at each class session. Students who miss the equivalent of one week of consecutive classes are to be reported to the Registrar's office. The names of any students who have missed more than two consecutive weeks of class should be reported to the Registrar. This information is needed to fulfill responsibilities in counseling and to cooperate with such agencies as the Veterans Administration.

Students may leave a class without penalty if the professor does not arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled meeting time, unless the class is otherwise notified by the professor.

Attendance and Course Work Policies for Students Representing Judson University at University Approved Events

Education is expected to be every student's highest priority while attending Judson University.  It is recognized, however, that at times student participation in any event representing the University may entail an unavoidable conflict with a scheduled class or class activity.  Such student representatives include, but are not limited to, intercollegiate athletes and students performing with an official Judson University music group or theatre production. In these cases it is the student's responsibility (within the stated policies of the course) to arrange to complete the material or assignments due for the missed class.  The following policies apply to students who are recognized by the Dean/Chair as representing the University.

  •   A Judson University student representative [henceforth "student"] absence is defined as a performance event approved by the Dean/Chair
  •  Students are required to turn in assignments prior to class absences.  They are not allowed to miss a scheduled class in order to participate in a practice, scrimmage game, or rehearsal.
  •  Absences due to an approved event count against absences allowed by the instructor's class attendance policy.  If absences for approved events will exceed the absences allowed, the student should not be penalized specifically for these absences.  Students must still arrange to complete the work (or it's equivalent as determined by the instructor).  Students are strongly advised to review their event and course schedule at the start of each semester to identify potential conflicts and ensure that their courses can be successfully completed, given each instructor's policy.
  •  When an approved event conflicts with a class that meets once a week, it is the student's responsibility to arrange for it to be video or audio taped.
  • When an approved event conflicts with a special class event included in the course syllabus (such as a field trip), the student needs to confer with the faculty member about the possibility of an alternate assignment.
  • If an exam is scheduled during the time that the student will miss class due to participation in an approved event, students must notify their professor as soon as the are aware of the scheduling conflict and arrange to take the exam.
  • Event sponsors will send lists of approved events, students participating in departure times to faculty at least one week in advance.  All team schedules are also posted on the website.
  • No athlete may participate or travel with the team to more than two weekday play dates a week away from campus, with the exclusion of vacation and post-season games.

Off-Campus Extension Trips and Academic Conferences

Field trips, choir tours, art tours, off-campus athletic events, and other off campus trips such as conventions and workshops must be planned with discretion as to time and number, and they must be approved in advance by the Dean. A University sponsored group of more than 10 persons shall not be absent from classes more than three days in a semester or during the first week or the final two weeks of a semester. Any trip requiring more than one day's absence from campus must be announced before the beginning of the semester. An electronic list of participating students and their identification numbers should be sent to the Office of the Provost. (6/2011)

Communication Responsibility

PURPOSE: The intent of the Communication Plan is to assist students advocate for their absences (scheduled or unscheduled). Formal communication from any department regarding a student’s absence will be limited and does not suggest that the student is excused. We encourage faculty and staff to follow their own syllabus and/or procedures when validating information. Additionally, when appropriate, students will need to provide documentation supporting their absence.

Field Trips/Faculty Scheduled Events: Upon approval from the Associate Provost of Academic Curriculum, communication via the Field Trip Notification Distribution List will be provided to faculty.

Games: Athletic Designee will contact all faculty members, Registrar, and Director of First Year Experience and Persistency.

*Illness or Scheduled Hospitalization: The student is responsible for informing professors and others (if applicable) of illness or scheduled hospitalization. Upon return to class, student is responsible for submitting doctor’s note acknowledging that student can resume studies.

Family Emergency: The student is responsible for informing professors and contacting the Dean of Student Life and Leadership. If there is a family emergency, staff/faculty will submit a retention referral. The student will be responsible for contacting their faculty to discuss a transition plan prior to returning to class.

Emergency Hospitalization (Medical or Psychiatric):

**If Hospitalization Occurs from Campus: The Wellness Center will inform Dean of Student Life and student’s professors/coach (if applicable) and communicate that student is out due to medical leave. Guardians notified (if verbal consent provided by student). Designated emergency contact will be notified if release is on file. Upon discharge from hospital, students will be required to meet with their faculty and develop transition plan for studies.

If Hospitalization Occurs Off Campus: Students will be required to meet with their professor upon discharge to develop plan for studies; supporting documentation will be required to return to studies. It is strongly encouraged that students have a designated contact that will inform the Wellness Center (x2464) of hospitalization for communication plan to initiate.

Mental & Emotional Health: If counseling services are desired, the student can request counseling services at the Wellness Center (x2464). Releases of Information for Faculty and staff will allow communication between Wellness Professionals and identified supports.

Special Accomodations: The student is responsible to make this request known to the Dean of Student Academic Support Services (ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator).

Removal From Class Due to Policy: The Dean of Student Life and Leadership will email the student's professors, Registrar, advisor, Director of First Year Experience and Persistency, Director of Upper-Class Residential Programming, campus nurse, and coach (if applicable).

*Student must submit doctor’s note to Faculty releasing student to resume studies.
**If Emergency Hospitalization occurs over the weekend, the RD will communicate out to the Dean of Student Life. Student will need doctor’s note to resume studies.

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Caitlin Kiel
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Kirsten Olson

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Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Advisor


Rebecca Huguley
Registrar's Office Coordinator
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