The University expects students to take full responsibility for their
academic work and academic progress. To progress satisfactorily,
students must meet the requirements of each course for which they are
registered. Successful work depends to a large extent on regular class
Class attendance is regarded as an academic matter. Each faculty member
will provide a written attendance policy to each class within the first
week of classes. The use of attendance records in grading and handling
of any excuses for absences is left to the discretion of the faculty
member responsible for the course, subject to the guidelines given
- Students will be excused from class to observe religious holidays of
their faith. No major test, major class event, or major University
activity will be scheduled on a major religious holiday.
- Absences for imposed legal responsibilities (e.g., jury duty, court
appearance) will be recognized as excused absences.
- Absences resulting from participation in extracurricular activities
in which students are official representatives of the University will be
recognized as excused absences.
- Absences for serious illness, death or serious illness within the
student?s immediate family, military obligations, or other sound reasons
offered by the student may be accepted as excused absences.
It is the responsibility of students to know the attendance policy of
each course they are taking. Students must inform their instructor(s) of
absences from classes prior to or as soon as possible after the absence.
Instructors have the right to request verification for all excused
absences. Students are held accountable for all assignments in each
course, whether or not the assignments were announced during an absence.
Faculty are encouraged to provide opportunities for students to make up
examinations and other work missed because of an excused absence.
RESERVE/NATIONAL GUARD DUTY
To fulfill a reservist or National Guard military obligation of no more
than two weeks concurrent with a normal academic semester at UWF,
students must receive written permission for such absences from the
instructors and departmental chairpersons for each course in which they
are enrolled. The approval is not automatic but is discretionary with
the instructors and departmental chairpersons.