Attendance

Prompt and regular attendance is expected of the student for all scheduled course and laboratory work. Student participation in class discussion, question/answer sessions and problem solving is critical to the expected student learning outcome. Faculty may include explicit attendance requirements with course grade penalties in their course. The student is expected to clearly understand, at the beginning of the term, if such requirements exist. Students should note that, although professors are not required to provide opportunity for making up missed work due to absence, most professors provide that opportunity when the absence was beyond the student’s control. Only the professor may or may not excuse an absence.

Dismissal for Violation of Professor’s Attendance:

Faculty may have strict attendance policies whereby a student is dismissed from a class when a set number of absences are accumulated.  If the dismissal occurs during the course withdrawal period specified on the academic calendar, a grade of W (withdrawn) is issued. If the dismissal occurs after the specified course withdrawal period, the grade of F (fail) is issued. The student may appeal the dismissal to the department head.

Last Known Date of Attendance Reporting:

Kettering University does not require faculty to take attendance. However, the U.S. Department of Education requires the Financial Aid Office to differentiate students who fail a class because they quit attending from those who fail a class based on merit. Because a student could be a financial aid applicant at any point during the academic year, we must collect this information for all students, so that financial aid eligibility can be accurately determined.
 
The Last Known Date of Attendance Reporting Policy is necessary to appropriately assess the financial liability for students, ensure good stewardship of financial aid funds, and limit the financial liability for the university and academic consequences for the student. The amount of Title IV funds earned by a student is based on the amount of time spent in attendance by the student for that term. In addition, this is often useful in arbitrating cases when students believe they completed the process to drop or withdraw from a course.
 
After the drop/add period each term, a “last date of attendance” notification, or “never attended” notification by a faculty member will result in the automatic assignment of either a WN (withdrawal for non-attendance) grade or an FN (failure for non-attendance) grade by the Registrar’s Office. This will initiate re-evaluation of a student's financial aid and Federal Title IV aid will be adjusted for those classes.

Student Responsibility

Students are expected to regularly attend classes in which they are enrolled. Students who decide to stop attending courses should immediately withdraw from those course(s) prior to the course withdrawal deadline specified on the academic calendar. Students who do not officially withdraw from a course (or courses) they are not attending may be reported by their instructor as having a last date of attendance. When this happens, the student will remain responsible for any financial liability, less applicable refunds they have incurred associated with the last date of attendance reported, and for any academic consequences associated with the last date of attendance reported and the assignment of the WN or FN grade.

School Responsibility

After the drop/add period each term, a last date of attendance reporting by a faculty member will result in the automatic assignment of either a grade of WN (withdrawal for non-attendance) or FN (failure for non-attendance) by the Registrar’s Office as follows:
  • A grade of WN (withdrawal for non-attendance) will be issued if the last known date of attendance is within the course withdrawal period specified on the academic calendar. A WN grade is treated the same as a W (withdrawal) grade in that it will not affect a student’s term or overall GPA.
  • A grade of FN (failure for non-attendance) will be issued if the last known date of attendance is after the course withdrawal period specified on the academic calendar. An FN grade is treated the same as a failing grade in that it will be included in a students’ term and overall GPA.
  • Once a faculty member has reported a last date of attendance, the student will no longer be able to attend or participate in the class.
 
With the Last Known Date of Attendance Reporting Policy, the assumption is that students who receive an F in a class have received that grade based on merit, and not because they quit attending.
 
Questions: Contact the Office of the Registrar

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