Appendix F: Attendance Rule
Texas A&M International University views class attendance as an individual student responsibility. Students are expected to attend class and to complete all assignments. Instructors are expected to give adequate notice of the dates on which major tests will be given and assignments will be due. Graduate students are expected to attend all examinations required by departments or advisory committees as scheduled formally.
(a). The student is responsible for providing satisfactory evidence to the instructor to substantiate the reason for absence. Among the reasons absences are considered excused by the university are the following:
(i). Participation in University sponsored activity at the request of University authorities.
(ii). Death or major illness in a student’s immediate family.
(iii). Illness of a dependent family member.
(iv). Participation in legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require a student’s presence.
(v). Religious holy days.
(vi). Medical attention related to pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, and recovery.
(vii). Illness/Injury that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class.
(viii). Required participation in military duties.
(ix). Mandatory admission interviews for professional or graduate school which cannot be rescheduled.
(b). The student is responsible for providing satisfactory evidence to the instructor within seven calendar days of his or her absence return to substantiate the reason for absence. If the absence was excused, the instructor must either provide the student an opportunity to make up the exam or other work missed or provide a satisfactory alternative completed within 30 calendar days from the date of absence.
(c). Students who miss class due to a University sponsored activity are responsible to identify their absences to their faculty as far in advance of their absence as possible.
(d). If an off-campus licensed physician provides evidence of a student’s illness, the excuse documentation must contain the date and time of the illness and doctor’s opinion that the student was too ill to attend class. If a physician determines that the student is not ill, he or she will not receive an excuse. If no evidence is available, the instructor will decide whether makeup work will be allowed.
(e). In some courses, attendance and in-class participation are ongoing requirements and an integral part of the work of the course. In other courses, occasional in-class assessments may occur, sometimes without advance notice. It is the responsibility of the instructor to inform each class at the beginning of the semester of the nature of in-class participation expected and the effect of absences on the evaluation of the student's work in the course.
(f). Authorized activities are official University absences. Authorized Absences are for activities that are:
(i). Required due to mandatory participation in a University activity.
(ii). Necessary as a requirement for an official class.
(g). Undergraduate students requiring an extended absence should consult the Student Leave of Absence rule.
OFFICE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Office of Student Affairs
Vice President for Student Success
Approved by Provost: 1/15/2013