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Class Attendance Policy   

Attendance Policy for Students

The Law School has a mandatory Class Attendance Policy which calls for students to attend a minimum of 75% of class sessions in a course or be administratively withdrawn from the course.  No excused absences are permitted.  An absence for any reason, including late registration, counts towards the maximum of 25% absences allowed.

For both the Fall and Spring semesters, students will be administratively withdrawn from a course if they exceed the below number of absences:

          4 class sessions per week - 13 classes
          3 class sessions per week - 9 classes
          2 class sessions per week - 6 classes
          1 class session per week - 3 classes
Note:  For summer session courses, students will be administratively withdrawn from a course if they exceed 3 classes.

Individual faculty members are free to adopt an alternate procedure for monitoring attendance, provided that it is at least as restrictive of the school's policy.  Each faculty member shall announce his/her policy regarding attendance at the first two or three class sessions of each semester.  Professors may, in their sole discretion, refuse to allow a student to sign an attendance sheet, or request that a signature be voided if the student is not in attendance for a sufficient portion of the class. 

Students are responsible for maintaining records of their attendance for each class. Once a student has reached the mid-point of allowable absences, the Attendance Monitor, housed in the Registrar's Office, issues a warning letter listing the number of days and dates that were missed. This warning letter is the only official record the Law School provides to students documenting their attendance.

On occasion, students request that attendance records be changed to reflect that they were present in class on a given day; they may have missed or forgotten to sign the attendance sheet. This of course does not become an issue until a student is administratively withdrawn from a course because of absences that exceed the 25% allowable number. Students who were present in a class but failed to sign the attendance roster must present evidence supporting their claim from the faculty member to the Attendance Monitor within 24 hours of the class in question. Otherwise, the class will continue to be counted as an absence and cannot be used as a basis for appealing an administrative withdrawal.

If a student is unsure of the number of absences in a course and requests information concerning those absences from the Attendance Monitor, the student will be required to sign a release attesting to:

  1. (A) the dates and number of absences that were recorded by the Attendance Monitor and
  2. (B) an understanding that the attendance roster may not be current, and may not be relied upon by the student.

Signing an attendance sheet on behalf of another student constitutes a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.  Such violations will be reported to the Associate Dean.

Appeals of administrative withdrawals are granted in very limited circumstances of the sole discretion of the Dean of Students.