COMMISSION ON FACULTY AFFAIRS Resolution 93-94B
Policy on Classroom AttendanceWhereas, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is
committed to providing high quality education to its students, and Whereas,
attendance at classes is essential to their obtaining that education, and Where
as, the Faculty Handbook as currently written seems to diminish the importance
of attending classes, and Whereas, the Faculty Handbook and Policy Statement
6330 conflict with each other, Be it therefore resolved that University policy
and sections 3.6.1 and 3.6.2 of the Faculty Handbook be revised as follows:
Adopted by CFA on November 19, 1993
3.6.1 Syllabus and Performance Expectation
Faculty are expected to provide students with a course syllabus on the
first day of classes each semester, including course objectives, topical
outlines, and the expected performance for which grades will be assigned as well
as the instructor' s attendance policy if any. Also included should be a
statement on the Honor System and its application to the particular course. The
syllabus should also include information about the instructor's office hours and
how he/she can be reached directly or through the departmental office during
normal working hours.
3.6.2 Class Attendance
Class meetings are an integral part of most courses and the central
component of many. Therefore, both faculty and students are expected to meet at
all regularly scheduled times, except for cancellations announced on a
university-wide basis by appropriate authority.
When faculty cannot meet a class, it is their responsibility to notify their
department head or chair as promptly as possible so that appropriate measures
can be provided for the missed classes.
When students cannot attend a class, it is their responsibility to make
arrangements for any work missed as soon as possible.
In cases of prolonged absences, students may ask their academic deans to
notify their instructors of the reason for their absence.