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Attendance Policy

Attendance policy

Draft ported to wiki, to be revised 20SU

I organize my courses under the assumption that students will attend each class meeting. However, there are instances where this isn’t possible, and part of being a musician in training involves prioritizing—sometimes class attendance isn’t the highest priority, and my aim is to empower you to make the best decisions for your circumstances.

In some courses, attendance impacts the final grade directly (e.g., the attendance grade is a percentage of the final grade). In other courses, attendance impacts the final grade by reducing the final grade based on the number of absences. In both cases, there are a certain number of available absences you can accumulate before it negatively affects your grade.

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If this course has a scheduled meeting time, your university obligation during this time is to this class. If another music event gets scheduled during this time, it does not automatically excuse you from class.

A student enrolled in a class by this instructor has an obligation to the class for the duration of the published meeting time. It is assumed that the student will attend all regularly-scheduled meeting times.

Absences caused by illnesses (when verifiable formal medical documentation (doctor’s notes) is submitted in a timely fashion), religious holidays, or official university or government obligations will not reduce the student’s final grade IF documentation is provided within a week.

Veterans and student servicemembers with special circumstances or who are activated are encouraged to notify the instructor as soon as possible and are encouraged to provide Activation Orders.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late to class will be equivalent to an absence. Missing more than 49% of a class period will be equivalent to an absence.

Music-related absences will not be excused unless written documentation is submitted by the student to the instructor at least one week prior to the absence(s).

On days where campus is closed due to inclement weather, all traditional, in-person, and seated classes will follow the campus closure instructions. For online students, lessons and classes may be cancelled at the discretion of the instructor or students.