PWR Attendance Policy

Because PWR courses make use of writing activities, in-class workshops, peer review, and small group discussion, your consistent attendance is crucial to your success and to the success of your classmates.

If you must miss a class for religious holidays, medical reasons, or valid University-related activities, you must let your instructor know as far in advance as possible of the absence and obtain information about the work you must do to keep up in class. Athletes should provide the instructor with a list in writing of their travel dates for away-games at the beginning of the quarter. If you miss a class for any other reason (sudden illness, family emergency, etc.), it is your responsibility to get in touch with your instructor as soon as possible (ideally either before the missed class or on the same day) and arrange to make up the work missed.  If you do not communicate with your instructor about an absence, your instructor will contact you by phone or e-mail to discuss your standing in the course.   In most cases, for both excused and unexcused absences, you will be required to complete make-up work or participate in an out-of-class activity to help you achieve the learning goals of the class.

Should you miss more than one PWR class during the quarter, your work in the class may be seriously compromised.  A continued pattern of absences may jeopardize your enrollment in the class and, after three absences, it may trigger a meeting with the Associate Director of PWR to discuss your standing in PWR. The best policy, therefore, is to be in class, on time, for every class meeting, and to always communicate with your instructor when issues arise that complicate your required participation in the course.