Students are responsible for class attendance and for the prompt and regular performance of all assigned work.
Absence Policy: Student Responsibilities and Rights
Class attendance and participation are integral to the academic experience at Drew University. Missing classes, even for legitimate reasons, negatively impacts the class experience for both the absent student and their classmates. Students should realize that absences can indirectly affect final grades as a result of the impact absences have on learning. Nonetheless, Drew University realizes there are legitimate reasons for missing class and acknowledges every student’s right not to have legitimate absences, as defined by this policy, directly affect their class grade. Students also bear responsibilities for absences, including:
students are responsible for all material covered in missed classes;
students must promptly notify the course instructor of their absence according to the following:
for planned absences, such as religious holidays, NCAA-sanctioned athletic competitions, and Drew organized field trips (see list and criteria here), students must notify their course instructor during the first week of class;
for unplanned absences, such as illness or injury, a death in the family or NCAA-sanctioned post-season competitions (see list and criteria here), students must notify the course instructor prior to the absence and provide appropriate documentation to the Office of Academic Affairs.
This policy defines the minimum number of legitimate absences that every student has the right not to have a direct impact on their class grade, if the criteria and procedures of this Absence Policy are met.
For legitimate planned absences, students may miss the equivalent of one week of class or less (i.e. three classes for a class that meets three times a week, or one class for classes that meet once a week), so long as they inform the faculty member of their planned absences in the first week of the semester.
For legitimate unplanned absences, students may miss the equivalent of one week of class or less as long as they notify the instructor prior to the class and as soon as they are aware of the unplanned absence. If extraordinary circumstances prevent a student from providing prior notification, they must notify the instructor within 24 hours of the unplanned absence. Students must provide appropriate documentation to the Office of Academic Affairs.
In such cases, students can expect reasonable accommodations such that there is no direct impact on their grade. Additional legitimate absences may be granted at the instructor’s discretion. Students who feel that the Absence policy has not been fairly implemented may appeal to the CLA Dean’s Office.