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What is the class attendance policy for students at UW-Madison?
The following section explains the class attendance policy for UW-Madison and L&S undergraduate students.
It is expected that every student will be present at all classes. In accordance with UW-Madison policy, faculty are asked not to schedule mandatory course requirements on dates when a religious observation may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent. Faculty/instructors are encouraged to extend reasonable consideration to accommodate students should their university-endorsed extracurricular activities (not including practice activities for performances or athletic events) conflict with class attendance requirements. It is expected that students provide adequate and reasonable advance notice to faculty/instructors in order that they can ensure that an accommodation is made.
- Faculty policy allows instructors to indicate what criteria need to be met for an absence to be considered "excused".
- Instructors should make sure they publish their criteria for excused absences in a clear and consistent manner on their syllabi.
Religious ObservancesIt is faculty policy that mandatory academic requirements should not be scheduled on days when a religious observance may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent from university functions.
A student's claim of religious conflict should be accepted at face value. A great variety of valid claims exist for religious groups and there is no practical, dignified, or legal means to assess the validity of individual claims. State law mandates that any student with a conflict between an academic requirement and any religious observances must be given an alternative means of meeting the academic requirement. The law also stipulates that students be given a means by which they can conveniently and confidently notify an instructor of the conflict.
For more information about the UW-Madison's policy on religious observances, please see the Academic Calendar on the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty website.
For more information about class attendance, please refer to Class Attendance Policy. Also see what is the UW-Madison policy regarding accommodating religious observances and making up exams and/or assignments.