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Accommodated Attendance Policy (Example)

Below is an example of a Whitworth professor's adjusted attendance policy for an accommodated student. This can be used as a model to adjust late work policy:

My literature course depends on participation in class; class time is devoted to discussion rather than to raw information delivery, so when you miss, you miss out, and it tends to show up on exams, especially if you’re not working to make sure you’ve talked with the other students about what you missed.

Un-Adjusted Attendance Policy:

Be here. Missing classes can cause you to miss quizzes and in-class assignments, miss crucial course content like modeling of discussion and analysis, and miss important information. You are responsible for knowing what happened in class on any given day whether or not you are in class that day. I recommend you share your email address and/or phone number with several students that you can contact to find out what happened in class. Unfortunately, I can only teach the class once, and I will not have time to spend an hour outside of class teaching or leading a make-up session. If you miss class, start by asking a classmate what you missed. Come to me for clarification later if necessary. For discussion and analysis days, I recommend spending some time talking with a friend who was there about how the discussion ran in class. Rules to remember:

  • If the attendance sheet goes around and you are not in class to sign it, you will be counted absent. However, you may appeal at the end of class for a "tardy," which will count as only 1/3 of an absence.
  • In this course that meets three times a week, you may miss three classes with no consequence.
  • At absence 4, you must check in with me about attendance or lose half of your possible participation points for the semester. To be clear, you should reach out to me at this point not the other way around.
  • At absence 5, you will lose all possible participation points for the semester.
  • At absence 6, you will lose 5% of your course grade.
  • At absence 7, you will lose another 5%.
  • Each subsequent absence will cost you 1% of your course grade. At this point, you have missed 20% of our class meetings, and it is my strong recommendation that you withdraw from the course. 

Adjusted Attendance Policy (communicated to the student privately):

For students who need accommodation for more frequent absences, I want to make sure you still get the full value of the course and set yourself up for success on exams. The adjustment allows for 6 absences and then rolls in consequences at a much slower rate. Where a student without accommodation would have lost 10-20% of the course grade (depending on the size of the participation score) at 7 absences, this accommodation has zero grade consequences until the 7th absence and then "costs" only 1% per day thereafter.

  • 1-5: no consequence
  • 6: must check in with me OR lose 1/2 participation points
  • 7: 0 for participation
  • 8: loss of 1% AND recommended withdrawal
  • 9 +: loss of 1% / day, continued recommended withdrawal