Students are expected to attend every class, and they are
expected to take the initiative to make and support requests for
excused absences (see Seton Hill University Catalog, p. 24, "Academic
Engagement and Class Attendance").
Requesting Excused Absences
To request an excused absence, print out and complete a copy of my "Absence Form" (available at http://jerz.setonhill.edu/teaching/Absence.doc) and hand it to me (or complete it electronically and e-mail it, if you are unable to make it to campus).
I am happy to excuse students who have legitimate reasons, but no matter the reason, students are still responsible for the material covered during their absence. An excused absence does not automatically grant an extension for any work collected or assigned that day.
For some classroom activities, such as listening to peer oral presentations, there may be no appropriate make-up assignment. (See 5.2 Participation.)
5.1.1. Emergency Excused Absences
Those who miss class due to an unplanned emergency should submit an "Absence Form," with proper documentation, as soon as the immediate crisis has passed. This simple one-page form is designed to give me the information I need in order to help you stay on track. (A note from a doctor or a photocopy of a court summons only gives me part of the information I need.)
If you miss class unexpectedly, I request that you resist the impulse to ask me to e-mail you a summary of what you missed. I welcome the chance to help you get caught up, but please consult the syllabus and a classmate's notes first, and then bring any specific questions to me.
5.1.2. Scheduled Excused Absences
Those who miss class due to a scheduled activity must plan to complete all make-up assignments before the missed class. In order to give us both time to plan, you must submit a complete, acceptable "Absence Form" (see above) at least a week before the missed class.
- If there is insufficient time to plan an acceptable make-up assignment, or if an approved make-up assignment is late or unsatisfactory, then I may still record the absence as unexcused.
- When I sign a roster of away games, my policy is that the student should also hand me completed copies of all the necessary "Absence Forms."
5.1.3. Unexcused Absences
Repeated late arrivals and early departures will begin to count as absences.
Special notes for once-a-week courses:
- Each meeting is very important. Provided you can make arrangements to catch up on missed work, I will permit one absence without penalty.
- Each additional absence lowers your final grade by two-thirds of a letter grade.
- After three consecutive absences (excused or unexcused), or four total absences, your final grade becomes an F. (I will of course consider making an exception for extenuating circumstances, but it may not be possible to recover after missing that much of the course.)
If you are absent from class without a legitimate excuse on a day when a major assignment is due -- perhaps because you stayed up all night working on a project and are too tired to attend class -- the assignment will be counted an extra day late. (You might as well go to bed without finishing the project, come to class so you don't fall farther behind, and then turn in the paper the next morning.)