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2.3 Student Attendance

For all students, the following guidelines apply. See below for policies and procedure for each school and college.

Religious Holidays: A number of religious faiths are represented in the Fordham student body. Students who will be absent due to religious holidays should notify their instructor at the beginning of the semester. Faculty members who intend to observe religious holidays on days when the University is in session should note such dates on the syllabus and alert the students as to how the work for the missed class will be made up.

Participation in University-Sanctioned Activity: Students serve as representatives of the Fordham community in a variety of activities. The authorized administrator/director of the activity will provide a written list of the dates of the activities, including travel time, at the beginning of the semester to each of the students. Students will provide each of their professors with the scheduled list of excused absences at the beginning of the semester. The faculty will acknowledge the scheduled absences by signing an accompanying letter. In some cases—e.g., the scheduling of a championship tournament or a rescheduled competition—the actual timing of the event may not be known at the beginning of the semester. In such cases, the authorized administrator will make every effort to notify instructors as soon as possible.

In all of the circumstances noted above, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain from their peers in the course any class notes or other course material missed due to the absence. It is also the student’s responsibility to speak with the instructor to make arrangements to make up missed examinations or graded assignments. The manner in which the work will be made up is left to the discretion of each faculty member.

There are University resources available to assist faculty in accommodating students. Tutoring is available through individual departments. Assistance with proctoring of examinations is available through the Office of Academic Records, the class deans associated with each of the colleges, the Office of Academic Advising for Student Athletes, and the secretary or graduate assistants of one’s own department.

Faculty members are encouraged to notify the appropriate class dean of the student’s home school about prolonged absences. The class dean will contact the student.

2.3.1 Student Attendence (FCLC, PCS)

Students are expected to attend every class of every course for which they are registered. If an instructor wishes to have a different attendance policy, it must be spelled out in the syllabus distributed to each student registered for the course, including whether and how absences will affect the student’s grade for the course.

Students are responsible for keeping a record of their own absences and may not exceed the maximum number allowed. While students may consult the instructor about their record of attendance, the instructor is the final judge of that record.

Student Health Services will not provide notes excusing students from class. Students can give permission for their class deans to contact Student Health Services. The class dean will contact students’ professors and provide sufficient information to allow the professor to decide whether the absence will be excused, depending on the attendance policy for the course.

If any of your students must miss a class or an examination owing to a religious observance not specified in the Fordham calendar, you should make a reasonable attempt to accommodate him or her. Students who intend to avail themselves of any aspect of this Religious Observance Provision should advise and notify their instructor, preferably at least two weeks prior to any affected class session. To avoid problems, you should have students review the examination and deadline dates on your syllabus and inform you during the first weeks of class of a conflict or an expected absence due to a religious holiday. You may note this directly on the syllabus, and it is not unreasonable to ask students to notify you in writing.

2.3.2 Student Attendence (FCRH, GSB)

Students are expected to attend every class of every course for which they are registered. Each class meeting has its own dynamics and provides a unique opportunity for learning. While acknowledging the critical importance of class attendance, the institution also recognizes that there are times when absence from class is unavoidable.

Absences for reasons of religious holidays, serious illness, death in the student’s immediate family, or required participation in a Universitysponsored event are, with the appropriate documentation, excused absences, and students will be given an opportunity to make up class examinations or other graded assignments. At FCRH, students are asked to complete an Excused Absence Request Form, which is reviewed by their class dean. At GSB, students are asked to email their class dean, except students (sophomores) enrolled in a cohort, who should visit gabelli/absence.

The maximum number of total excused absences will not exceed six class meetings for a course that meets three days per week, four class meetings for a course meeting two days per week, or two class meetings for a course that meets once a week.

If a faculty member chooses to allow unexcused absences, the number of excused and unexcused absences combined may be limited to the maximum number noted above. Faculty members are under no obligation to allow makeup work for unexcused absences. Faculty who choose to establish a more stringent attendance policy must have the approval of their department. All faculty must include their attendance policy in the course syllabus distributed at the first course meeting.

In cases where unusual circumstances cause a student to miss a significant amount of class time for reasons beyond the student’s control, the student should confer with the faculty member and class dean to ascertain if it is feasible to complete the work of the course.