PWR Attendance Policy
Because PWR courses make use of writing activities, in-class workshops, peer review, and small group discussion, your consistent attendance is crucial to your success and to the success of your classmates.
If you know in advance that you must miss a class for religious holidays, medical reasons, valid University-related activities, or reasons related to your technology or living situation, you must let your instructor know as far in advance as possible of the absence and obtain information about the work you must do to keep up in class. Athletes should provide the instructor with a list in writing of their travel dates for away-games at the beginning of the quarter.
If you must miss class due to unexpected issues (sudden illness, unexpected family obligations or emergency, technology or internet problems), please let your instructor know as soon as possible (ideally on the same day as the missed class meeting). If you do not communicate with your instructor about an absence, your instructor will contact you to discuss your standing in the course. In most cases, for both excused and unexcused absences, you will be required to complete make-up work or participate in an out-of-class activity to help you achieve the learning goals of the class.
A continued pattern of absences without consistent communication and an attempt to convey to your instructor how you’re keeping up with the work of the course may jeopardize your enrollment in the class. After three absences with no communication, you may need to meet with the Associate Director of PWR to discuss your standing in PWR. The best policy, therefore, is to be in class, on time, for every class meeting, and to always communicate with your instructor when issues arise that complicate your required participation in the course.