University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Course Attendance (Graduate School)
Policy Number: LR 509.5
Effective Date: August 15, 2011
Fundamental to success in graduate certificate, degree, and specialist programs at UA Little Rock is regular class attendance by graduate students. The policy stated herein defines student and faculty rights and responsibilities with respect to class attendance.
Expectations for Class Attendance
For all graduate students at UA Little Rock, there is an expectation of attendance in class. Each faculty member has the right to establish requirements for attendance and participation unique to each of his or her courses. Course requirements (e.g., homework assignments, examinations, oral presentations, laboratory experiments/reports, participation in discussion, etc.) are not waived due to absence from class. Instructors may establish the academic impacts, even course failure, of excessive absences. When a student’s absence results from their involvement in other institutional business (e.g., presenting at a conference, short course attendance, field trip, off-campus research, etc.), the instructor should be given prior notification and reasonable accommodation for the absence should be negotiated between the instructor and student. Ultimately, it is at the instructor’s discretion as to how absences will be handled.
When students will be away from class for reasons of health, family matters, or other personal reasons, the student should inform the instructor at the earliest opportunity and initiate discussion as to if and how missed work can be made up, grade implications, and other academic issues. As with class absence resulting from conducting university business, consequences to the student resulting from absence due to health, family matters, and other personal reasons will be at the instructor’s discretion.
Approved by: Graduate Council, March 31, 2010
Custodian: Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School