The Department of Modern Languages (DML) subscribes to an enforceable attendance policy as described below.
Attendance is a key issue in foreign language learning, and failure to come to class deprives the student of necessary exposure to the target language.
The DML is committed to providing its students with the best possible instruction. By signing up for a course, students are contracting to attend that course. If students miss a class session, they are violating that contract and depriving themselves of the fullest possible language learning experience.
Official departmental policy on attendance
Any student who is absent more than 20% of the semester will automatically fail the course regardless of their grade in the course up until that time. (20% = a total of three weeks of class in a typical academic semester.)
For Classes Meeting Twice a Week
Twenty-percent of the semester translates to a total of six (6) class sessions for those courses that meet twice a week. This makes the 7th absence cause for a failing grade for the semester. Attendance begins the first day of scheduled classes regardless of when you enroll in the class.
For Classes Meeting Three Times a Week
Twenty-percent of the semester translates to a total of nine (9) class sessions for those courses that meet three times a week. This makes the 10th absence cause for a failing grade for the semester. Attendance begins the first day of scheduled classes regardless of when you enroll in the class.
The DML attendance policy is enforceable regardless of the nature of the absence. This applies to all absences, whether excused or unexcused. Attendance rules are enforceable even in the event of extenuating circumstances. If students foresee difficulty in meeting the attendance requirement, they should withdraw from the course.
Attendance Policies by Course
The instructor of a course has the right to exercise further stipulations concerning attendance. Students should refer to the course syllabus for more specific terms regarding attendance policies.
If you have additional questions please contact the department at (303)315-7234.