As the departmental syllabus makes clear, you are expected to attend every class. If you are forced to miss class for some official reason, it is your responsibility to procure written verification explaining the reason for your absence. Bring these excuses to me either before class begins or immediately after class ends. Again, this is your responsibility. If I don't happen to ask you for an excuse, that does not mean I don't need one.
At the same time, there is also a limit to the number of
absences that are not detrimental. Please understand that
excused absences will most likely cause your grade to suffer. We
will be covering a lot of material in this class, and if you are not
to participate and discuss problems you may be having, you will be at a
|Acceptable Excuses:||Documentation Required:|
|Your Sickness:||Note from Doctor (On Letterhead) or MSU Health Center|
|Sickness of Your Child:||Note From Doctor (On Letterhead)|
|Death of Close Family Member or Friend:||Funeral Program|
|Work Emergency:||Note from Employer (On Letterhead)|
|Court Appearance:||Court Document (i.e. Notice to Appear, Subpoena)|
|Car Died:*||Auto Shop Bill|
|Financial Aid Difficulties:**||Financial Aid Letter|
|Athletic Team Obligation||Letter from Athletic Department|
|MSU Choir Obligation||Letter from Music Department|
** Trying to work out financial aid problems is an acceptable excuse for one (1) class absence. If the problem takes more than one day, go during another part of the day.
Bus Was Late
Late Getting back in town after weekend trip
Other excuses not listed above will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. I want to emphasize that I am a fair man. If you come to talk to me about a particular problem, chances are good that we can work something out. But you HAVE to come TALK to me. I am not a mind reader.
Again, there are a couple of cases where a late might be excused. Talk to me AFTER class about your reason for being late. If you don't speak with me, I will assume you have no excuse.
|Bus/Train was late:||(Can be used no more than two times)|
|Car accident on highway:||(Can be used no more than one time. Please listen to the radio/watch t.v. to avoid problem areas).|
Traffic: (Please leave plenty of time for all such
Fell asleep between classes.
Had to return home to get book/paper/assignment.
Working on paper (Complete assignments and print them out the night before, when possible).
If you know ahead of time about a situation that
either cause you to miss class or to be late, please make arrangements
with me AHEAD of time. Either tell me the class before or call me
beforehand. That is just a matter of courtesy. Of course,
documentation will still be needed to verify your excuse.
Come to class prepared to stay. Do not place your book bag down and then leave to get lunch or go to the bathroom. You have thirty-five minutes (including the five-minute grace period) between classes, which should be plenty of time to take care of such things if you plan accordingly. You are considered present when you are physically present. Otherwise, the policies above will be in effect.
Also, please turn off all cell-phones, i-pods, and other electronic devices when you enter the class. Unless you have a pregnant family member or some other pending emergency, there is nothing so important that it can't wait until after class. Again, if you have an extenuating circumstance to consider, please talk to me so that we can understand each other.
Otherwise, the first interruption of class will be forgiven. After that, any time a phone goes off--or you are seen texting--during class time, you WILL LOSE ONE POINT FROM YOUR FINAL AVERAGE.
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