Attendance

Webster University has policies on student attendance, which can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs: undergraduate; graduate (Links open in new windows).

The instructor should inform students in writing (in the syllabus) of his/her attendance policy and of students' responsibility to complete all class work described on the syllabus or assigned by the instructor.

Excused Absence

The instructor should encourage students to notify him or her prior to class if an absence is anticipated. If a student is absent, the instructor shall assign makeup work to cover the materials presented that week.

If a student has two absences, the instructor has the option to lower the student's grade one letter grade and to inform the student of the action.

If a student has three absences, the instructor has the option to assign a grade of F and to inform the student of the action. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course. In an extreme case, when the instructor chooses to award a grade of I (Incomplete) for three or four absences, the student must provide acceptable documentation to verify that the absences were unavoidable (e.g.- illness, work conflict, military temporary duty). Faculty should contact the director or department chair to determine the procedures required for this option. If a student is absent for a fifth class, with or without acceptable documentation, the instructor is to inform the student that his or her grade for the course is F. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course.

Unexcused Absence

If a student is absent, the instructor is to assign makeup work, which may exceed the material presented that week. If a student has two absences, the instructor has the option to lower the student's grade one letter grade and to inform the student of the action. If a student has three absences, the instructor has the option to assign a grade of F and to inform the student of the action. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course.

Attendance Sheets / Roster Checks

Attendance should be recorded on the attendance sheet for the class. The intent is to identify students who are in class but not registered, students who are attending the wrong sections, and students who are registered but absent for that session. Depending on the needs of your chair or director, you may be asked to return this attendance sheet to a staff person. At a later date, you will be sent a revised class list showing the official roster list for your course. Please note that this class list is the official roster and may differ from the class lists in WorldClassRoom. Please let your chair or director know of students who have been attending, but whose names do not yet appear on the official roster. Your assistance in correcting these roster sheets will enable us to give you accurate grade sheets.