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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.
Students are required to be present at the beginning of the semester and to remain until the work of the semester is completed (which includes final examinations).  Note that any excused or unexcused absences may have a negative impact on a student's final grade in a course.  Students should be mindful of class attendance policies for each of their classes and make sure they completely understand the ramifications of missing classes (either excused or unexcused).

Please note that it is against university policy to attend classes without being enrolled.  Faculty and instructors may require enrolled students to attend scheduled meetings of a class and/or to participate in other course-related activities, including online learning.  Students are responsible for materials presented in such meetings or activities.  Because courses are designed and conducted in diverse ways, faculty and instructors should inform students in writing at the beginning of each course if there are specific expectations for attendance and/or participation, including whether any component of the grade will be based on such attendance or participation.

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.


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Created:2012-06-11 12:38 CDTUpdated:2017-08-16 15:19 CDT
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