Attendance Policy

Keystones to doing well in this class are participation, respect, and doing the work. You will do just fine if you keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Show up on time (that means be in class and ready to work a few minutes before class)
  • Turn off all cellphones. During class, the Lab computers are for classwork—using them for email, chat or games during class time will result in the student being asked to leave the room.
  • Bring your brain to the classroom and use it – be alert, raise questions, debate, generate ideas.
  • If you disagree, do so respectfully and intelligently. Cite examples and demonstrate knowledge.
  • Read the assignments… and more. I will be most impressed when students can connect what they are learning in this class to concepts in other classes or events outside in the “real” world.

A classroom environment conducive to learning is created by both teacher and students. Courtesy and respect for all members of the classroom is expected. I’ll do my bit and I expect you to do yours. Any and all of the above behavior will be considered when I assign class participation points.

Attendance Policies

Students are expected to attend all classes. Since each class is half of the week’s class hours, any student who misses more than 2 classes WILL have his/her final grade reduced by half a letter grade or more for every class missed regardless of any assignments that you might have completed.

For example:

Original Final Letter Grade Classes missed Resulting Letter Grade
B 2 B
B 3 B-
B 4 C+
B 5 C

If you do have a health or personal emergency, please contact me immediately. Remember, social and personal engagements such as weddings, non-emergency doctor’s appointments, and minor colds and coughs are not emergencies. If you do have a health emergency that requires you to stay in bed and not attend class, you must provide a doctor’s note verifying your inability to attend classes.

Arriving late to class is distracting and disruptive to the flow of class. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period. If you arrive after I take attendance, it is your responsibility to let me know you are present. Students who are late and don’t check in with me will be counted as absent for that class. If you are continuously late for class, you will risk being asked to drop the class or get an F for the class.


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