Policy Statement on Attendance and Participation

The information below is also available as pdf file: Attendance Policy

For all courses in the Writing Program of the English Departmentat the University of Michigan-Flint, including

ENG 100, 109 (3 credits), 111, 112, HON 155/156 and upper division writing courses

The following are the participation expectations of students in writing courses:

  • Students are expected to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the class
  • Students are expected to be prepared
  • Students are expected to participate fully in class activities
  • Students are expected to engage in all aspects of the writing process and contribute to the classroom community of writers
  • Students are expected to contribute productively and consistently in class

Because these expectations cannot be achieved if students are not in class, attendance is required in all face-to-face and online writing courses in the English Department.

 

Attendance is Required Because: 

  • “Regular attendance” is an expectation of all UM-Flint students (see The University of Michigan-Flint Catalog 2005-2007 page 37).
  • Active, consistent participation is vital to success in every writing course; thus, it is important that you are in class and/or online doing the work.
  • Writing classes at UM-Flint are not just about a final written product, but also a process, a process that involves developing your own writing and contributing thoughtfully to the classroom writing community.Submitting high quality final essays, then, is only part of the work of the successful student.
  • Missing class and/or online work means that you are missing important course work—writing, workshops, group work, class discussion, lectures, peer review, handouts and worksheets, revision and proofreading exercises, and other activities—designed by your instructor to help you understand upcoming writing assignments and become better writers.Thus, missing class means 1) missing an opportunity to learn how to improve your final work and 2) missing an opportunity to demonstrate your contributions to the classroom writing community.
  • Whether it is for a “good” reason or not, missing class is still missing class, and students who miss classroom and/or online course work are 1) often not as successful in drafting and revising assignments for the writing course and 2) not at all successful in meeting participation requirements.
  • Students who do not regularly attend and actively participate in class and/or online are not completing essential work of our writing courses and thus, regardless of the quality of their final essay products, will not be as successful as students who engage in all the work of the writing course.

 

Therefore, all faculty members of the writing program give points or other credit for attendance and participation, and all faculty members of the writing program enforce the following attendance policy.  Note that for online courses, application of the policy varies depending on the structure of the course, but all face-to-face and all online courses in the writing program adhere to the policy.  Refer to the syllabus and/or course policy statement of your instructor for the details of his or her particular application of the policy.   

 

Attendance Policy

1. Missing the equivalent of one week of class is permitted penalty free. No distinction between an excused and unexcused absence will be made.Students are responsible for all class work regardless of absences.

  • For a class that meets once a week, students are permitted ONE absence.
  • For a class that meets twice a week, students are permitted TWO absences.
  • For a class that meets online, see the syllabus or course policy statement.
  • IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: it is university policy that students who miss the first two days of class, miss more than two days during the add/drop period, or who do not participate in an online class for the first five calendar days of the semester may be dropped from the course.

 

2. Absences beyond the equivalent of one week of class will affect the student’s grade. No distinction between an excused and unexcused absence will be made.Students are responsible for all class work regardless of absences.

  • For a class that meets once a week, the 2ND ABSENCE will affect the course grade as specifically outlined in the syllabus or course policy statement of the instructor.
  • For a class that meets twice a week, the 3RD, 4TH, AND 5TH ABSENCES will affect the course grade as specifically outlined in the syllabus or course policy statement of the instructor.
  • For a class that meets online, read the syllabus or course policy statement.

 

3. Missing the equivalent of three weeks of a writing course will result in a failing or no pass grade.

  • For a class that meets once a week, STUDENTS WILL FAIL OR RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC N AT THE THIRD (3rd) ABSENCE.
  • For a class that meets twice a week, STUDENTS WILL FAIL OR RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC N AT THE SIXTH (6th) ABSENCE.
  • For a class that meets online, see the syllabus or course policy statement.

 

4. Late arrivals and early departures are disruptive and will affect a student’s grade at the instructor’s discretion.No distinction between excused and unexcused tardies or departures will be made. See syllabus or course policy statement for details.

 

5. The lack of regular and constructive participation in class will affect a student’s grade at the instructor’s discretion.See syllabus or course policy statement for details.

Giving credit for successful attendance and participation ensures that your efforts as a student are valued.  Enforcing this policy assures that only students who meet the attendance and participation expectations in writing courses earn full credit.

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Policy Statement on Attendance and Participation

The information below is also available as pdf file: Attendance Policy

For all courses in the Writing Program of the English Departmentat the University of Michigan-Flint, including

ENG 100, 109 (3 credits), 111, 112, HON 155/156 and upper division writing courses

The following are the participation expectations of students in writing courses:

  • Students are expected to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the class
  • Students are expected to be prepared
  • Students are expected to participate fully in class activities
  • Students are expected to engage in all aspects of the writing process and contribute to the classroom community of writers
  • Students are expected to contribute productively and consistently in class

Because these expectations cannot be achieved if students are not in class, attendance is required in all face-to-face and online writing courses in the English Department.

 

Attendance is Required Because: 

  • “Regular attendance” is an expectation of all UM-Flint students (see The University of Michigan-Flint Catalog 2005-2007 page 37).
  • Active, consistent participation is vital to success in every writing course; thus, it is important that you are in class and/or online doing the work.
  • Writing classes at UM-Flint are not just about a final written product, but also a process, a process that involves developing your own writing and contributing thoughtfully to the classroom writing community.Submitting high quality final essays, then, is only part of the work of the successful student.
  • Missing class and/or online work means that you are missing important course work—writing, workshops, group work, class discussion, lectures, peer review, handouts and worksheets, revision and proofreading exercises, and other activities—designed by your instructor to help you understand upcoming writing assignments and become better writers.Thus, missing class means 1) missing an opportunity to learn how to improve your final work and 2) missing an opportunity to demonstrate your contributions to the classroom writing community.
  • Whether it is for a “good” reason or not, missing class is still missing class, and students who miss classroom and/or online course work are 1) often not as successful in drafting and revising assignments for the writing course and 2) not at all successful in meeting participation requirements.
  • Students who do not regularly attend and actively participate in class and/or online are not completing essential work of our writing courses and thus, regardless of the quality of their final essay products, will not be as successful as students who engage in all the work of the writing course.

 

Therefore, all faculty members of the writing program give points or other credit for attendance and participation, and all faculty members of the writing program enforce the following attendance policy.  Note that for online courses, application of the policy varies depending on the structure of the course, but all face-to-face and all online courses in the writing program adhere to the policy.  Refer to the syllabus and/or course policy statement of your instructor for the details of his or her particular application of the policy.   

 

Attendance Policy

1. Missing the equivalent of one week of class is permitted penalty free. No distinction between an excused and unexcused absence will be made.Students are responsible for all class work regardless of absences.

  • For a class that meets once a week, students are permitted ONE absence.
  • For a class that meets twice a week, students are permitted TWO absences.
  • For a class that meets online, see the syllabus or course policy statement.
  • IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: it is university policy that students who miss the first two days of class, miss more than two days during the add/drop period, or who do not participate in an online class for the first five calendar days of the semester may be dropped from the course.

 

2. Absences beyond the equivalent of one week of class will affect the student’s grade.No distinction between an excused and unexcused absence will be made.Students are responsible for all class work regardless of absences.

  • For a class that meets once a week, the 2ND ABSENCE will affect the course grade as specifically outlined in the syllabus or course policy statement of the instructor.
  • For a class that meets twice a week, the 3RD, 4TH, AND 5TH ABSENCES will affect the course grade as specifically outlined in the syllabus or course policy statement of the instructor.
  • For a class that meets online, read the syllabus or course policy statement.

 

3. Missing the equivalent of three weeks of a writing course will result in a failing or no pass grade.

  • For a class that meets once a week, STUDENTS WILL FAIL OR RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC N AT THE THIRD (3rd) ABSENCE.
  • For a class that meets twice a week, STUDENTS WILL FAIL OR RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC N AT THE SIXTH (6th) ABSENCE.
  • For a class that meets online, see the syllabus or course policy statement.

 

4. Late arrivals and early departures are disruptive and will affect a student’s grade at the instructor’s discretion.No distinction between excused and unexcused tardies or departures will be made. See syllabus or course policy statement for details.

 

5. The lack of regular and constructive participation in class will affect a student’s grade at the instructor’s discretion.See syllabus or course policy statement for details.

Giving credit for successful attendance and participation ensures that your efforts as a student are valued.  Enforcing this policy assures that only students who meet the attendance and participation expectations in writing courses earn full credit.