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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.
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.