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IU South Bend Attendance and Course Commitment Policy

Preamble
Attendance and active participation in courses are key factors for academic success.  Students who do not attend their classes and who do not complete their assignments in a timely manner are less likely to successfully complete their courses.

Policy
At the discretion of the academic department, students who do not attend the first scheduled week of classes and who have not made prior arrangements with their instructor may be subject to administrative withdrawal.

At the discretion of the faculty, students who miss more than 50% of their class meetings and/or who do not actively participate in their enrolled classes during the first four weeks of the fall or spring semesters may be subject to administrative withdrawal from their courses. Students may be administratively withdrawn regardless of their class level or standing.  Note: The Attendance and Course Commitment Policy does not apply to summer classes.

  • Courses in which the Attendance and Course Commitment Policy applies are approved by the academic department and applies to all sections. Courses on the approved list will remain in approved status until otherwise repealed by the academic department.  The Office of the Registrar will maintain and publish a list of courses that have been approved to enforce the Attendance and Course Commitment Policy.
  • In courses in which this policy applies, notice of the Attendance and Course Commitment Policy, including a definition of active participation, must be included in the course syllabus.  Students must be informed that administrative withdrawal may have an impact on their financial aid awards and/or student visa status.
  • Faculty teaching courses in which this policy applies are encouraged to take attendance.  To accommodate large lecture classes and courses taught through distance learning, submission of course assignments can be used to document attendance and participation.  If faculty members choose to use course work submissions as the primary means of documenting attendance and active participation, a statement must be included in the course syllabus.  If attendance is not taken and a student is subsequently withdrawn for not submitting any assignments, the due date of the first assignment will be the last date of attendance.
  • The instructor who initiates an administrative withdrawal may rescind it within one week of the original request.
  • Students who are administratively withdrawn from their courses after any refund period will not be eligible for a tuition refund.
  • Administrative withdrawal requests will be processed only during the periods listed below:
    • first week of the fall and spring semesters
    • between the end of the fourth week and the beginning of the fifth week of the fall and spring semesters
  • Academic units may establish an attendance policy that is more restrictive than outlined in this policy, but administrative withdrawal will occur only during the enforcement periods.
  • This policy will go into effect Fall 2011.

Suggested Syllabus Language (see notes below)

IU South Bend Attendance and Course Commitment Policy

This course has been approved to enforce the IU South Bend Attendance and Course Commitment Policy and the full text of this policy is available at
http://registrar.iusb.edu/attendance.php

As a student in this course, you are expected to attend scheduled class meetings and actively participate in all class activities.  Students who miss the first week of the semester or who do not attend 50% of the scheduled class meetings before the end of the fourth week of the semester may be subject to administrative withdrawal.  Regardless of attendance, students who do not actively participate in this class by not submitting a majority of their assignments by the posted due date are subject to administrative withdrawal.  Students who are administratively withdrawn from this class after the fourth week will not be eligible for a tuition refund.  Administrative withdrawals may have an impact on the student’s financial aid awards and visa status.

Suggested Syllabus Language Notes
Faculty are encouraged to define active participation for their classes and may edit the syllabus language to address these expectations.  Per the Attendance and Course Commitment Policy, students must be informed that this policy is in effect and subsequent administrative withdrawals may have an impact on financial awards and student visa statuses.

Approved by the Academic Senate, April 29, 2011

The following courses have been approved to invoke the Attendance and Course Commitment Policy:

Raclin School of the Arts
 

SPCH-S 121

Public Speaking

 
School of Business and Economics
 

BUS*

All undergraduate courses beginning with BUS (Business)

ECON*

All undergraduate courses beginning with ECON (Economics)

 
College of Health Sciences
 

AHLT-R 185

Medical Terminology

NURS-B 105

Medical Terminology

NURS-B 108

Personal Health and Wellness

NURS-B 109

Personal Health and Wellness

 
School of Education
 

EDUC-F 100

Introduction to Teaching

EDUC-F 201

Exploring the Personal Demands of Teaching and Field Experience

EDUC-K 305

Teaching Exceptional Learner - Elementary School

EDUC-K 345

Academic / Behavior Assessment Mild Handicapped Child

EDUC-K 362

Team Approaches to the Education of Students with Disabilities

EDUC-K 370 Introduction to Language and Learning Disorders

EDUC-K 505

Introductory Special Education for Graduate Students

EDUC-K 525 Survey of Mild Handicaps

EDUC-P 250

General Educational Psychology

EDUC-P 475

Adolescent Development and Classroom Management

EDUC-P 515

Junior High and Middle School Curriculum

EDUC-P 519 Psycho-Educational Assessment of Exceptional Children

EDUC-S 503

Secondary School Curriculum

EDUC-S 530

Junior High and Middle School Curriculum

EDUC-U 100

Threshold Seminar

EDUC-W 200

Using Computers in Education

 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 

ANTH*

All undergraduate courses

CJUS*

All undergraduate courses

CMLT-C 190

Introduction to Film Studies

CMLT-C 293

History of the Motion Picture I

CMLT-C 294

History of the Motion Picture II

COAS-Q 110

Introduction to Information Literacy

CSCI-A 106

Introduction to Computing

CSCI-B 100

Problem Solving Using Computers

CSCI-C 101

Computer Programming I

ENG*

All graduate and undergraduate courses (effective Spring 2014)

GNST-G 203

Introduction to General Studies

GNST-G 400

General Studies Senior Capstone Seminar

HIST*

All undergraduate courses

INFO-I 101

Introduction to Informatics

PHIL-T 190

Literary and Intellectual Traditions

POLS*

All Political Science Courses

PSY-B 190

Human Behavior and Social Institutions

PSY-P 103

General Psychology

PSY-P 106

General Psychology - Honors

PSY-P 205

Understanding Psychological Research

PSY-P 211

Methods of Experimental Psychology

PSY-P 216

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

PSY-P 316

Psychology of Childhood & Adolescence

PSY-T 190

Intellectual and Literary Traditions

SOC*

All undergraduate courses

SPAN-S 101

Elementary Spanish I

SPAN-S 102

Elementary Spanish II

SPAN-S 203

Second Year Spanish I

SPAN-S 204

Second Year Spanish II

SPAN-S 275

Hispanic Culture and Conversation

WGS-B 399

Race and Reproductive Rights

WGS-L 207

Women and Literature

WGS-S 338

Sociology of Gender Roles

WGS-W 100

Gender Studies

WGS-W 299

Research Methods in Women's Studies

WGS-W 402

Seminar in Gender Studies

 

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