Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes in the courses for which they are registered. This policy is based on the belief that the stu-dent, as well as the instructor, has something to contribute to the class and that absence will have a detrimental effect on the student's academ-ic achievement. However, individual faculty members announce during the first week of classes each semester the extent to which class attendance and participation will affect the student's grading and class standing. Students are responsible for meeting the requirements as specified by the course instructor.
Certain absences may be excused by the instructor. Excused absences include those that are demonstrably unavoidable because of events beyond a student's control e.g., documented medical emergencies, significant religious holidays, or scheduled athletic competitions in season. (Student athletes are not excused for non-seasonal competitions fall baseball, e.g. or for practice sessions.) Following even "excused absences," however, students are expected to be responsible for all mate-rial and assignments from missed classes and for any assignments due or exams given in the following classes.
In cases of prolonged illness when a student is unable to attend classes, it is necessary that the student contact the instructor, the faculty advisor, and the Registrar so that advice can be provided as to the most appropriate course of action.