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Syllabus Policies

Class Attendance Policy

Clarke University’s class attendance policy is consistent with the institution’s focus on students as key contributors to the learning that takes place in each class. Students are expected to attend all classes and must be present during finals week. However, Clarke University recognizes that students may sometimes need to miss class.

Clarke University recognizes four types of absences – Officially Excused Absences, Instructor-Excused Absences, Approved Absences, and Unexcused Absences.

Instructor-Excused Absences

Definition

Instructor-excused absences are handled between the student and the instructor. Each course syllabus outlines the expectations for attendance, which may vary among different instructors and classes.

Examples of absences that may be excused by an instructor include missed classes due to a family commitment, severe weather conditions, or a death in the student’s extended family. Vacations, late arrivals, or early departures before summer, winter, or other breaks do not constitute excused absences.

Policy

Students who need this type of excuse are expected to personally inform the instructor in advance of the absence when possible. Instructors may ask for documentation and will use their judgement as to whether or not to excuse the absence. Instructors may allow students to makeup the missed material; they may assign appropriate substitute material, disregard the missed assignment, or make a similar arrangement. Instructors may require students to submit scheduled assignments or complete quizzes or exams before the missed class.

Officially Excused Absences

Definition

Officially excused absences occur when an unexpected event or a situation beyond the student’s control prevents a student from attending class. In these situations, the Academic Affairs Office assists students by directly notifying their instructors of the excused nature of the absence.

Examples of officially excused absences include significant illness or injury that requires hospitalization, or a death in the immediate family.

Policy

Officially excused absences require the student to provide appropriate documentation to the Academic Affairs Office in advance of the absence, when possible, or as soon as the student returns to the university.  The Academic Affairs Office then contacts the student’s instructors. Instructors will accommodate these students by allowing them to submit late work or make up missed assignments or exams.

Approved Absences

Definition

Approved absences are scheduled, university-sponsored events in which students serve as representatives of the university.

Examples of approved absences include musical performances, academic conferences, and athletic competitions. Approved absences do not include practices or rehearsals.

Policy

Approved absences require the student to personally inform the instructor in advance of the planned absence. This notice must be given no later than one week before the anticipated absence. When unforeseen circumstances prevent this advance notification, the student must make every effort to communicate with the instructor as soon as possible. Instructors will use their discretion in making reasonable accommodations to minimize the disruption to the student’s educational experience. These accommodations may include requiring that the student complete substitute assignments for experiences that happen in class. When possible, instructors may require that scheduled assignments, quizzes or exams be completed prior to the absence. Students bear the responsibility for all missed class material.

Unexcused Absences

Definition

Absences which are not approved or excused will be considered unexcused.

Policy

Faculty members are under no obligation to allow students to complete work missed from unexcused absences. Course syllabi may outline attendance policies that result in a penalty that may affect course grades.

Academic Support Services

Undergraduate

Academic support is available in the library for all students by appointment or drop in. Providers include:

  • Reference Librarians available for research consultation and assistance. library@clarke.edu, (563)588-6320.
  • Lingen Technology Commons computer help desk available to assist students with printer setup, password re-set, and study table screens. Cameras, laptops, adaptors, etc. available for check out.
  • the MARC (Margaret Mann Academic Resource Center), 2nd floor, Room 228, (563)588-8133.
    • Professional staff who support writing across the curriculum, time-management, learning and study strategies, note-taking, and college reading strategies.
    • One-on-one work with trained peer coaches for writing, skills, and course content.
    • Course specific study groups and SWAG (Study With a Guide) sessions.
    • Assistance for students with disabilities requesting accommodations.

Accommodation Services

Any student with a documented disability may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. To determine eligibility, discuss options, and arrange services, students should contact the Disability Services Coordinator at their first opportunity. The Disability Services Coordinator is located in the MARC on the second floor of the Schrup Library. Contact (563)588-8107 or marianne.mauss@clarke.edu.

Graduate

Academic support is available in the library for all students by appointment or drop in. Providers include:

  • Reference Librarians available for research consultation and assistance. library@clarke.edu, (563)588-6320.
  • Lingen Technology Commons computer help desk available to assist students with printer setup, password re-set, and study table screens. Cameras, laptops, adaptors, etc. available for check out.
  • the MARC (Margaret Mann Academic Resource Center), 2nd floor, Room 228, (563)588-8133.
    • Professional staff who support time-management, learning and study strategies, note-taking, and college reading strategies.
    • One-to-one writing consultations, in person or via e-mail. Contact susan.dolter@clarke.edu.
    • Course specific study groups.
    • Assistance for students with disabilities requesting accommodations.

Accommodation Services

Any student with a documented disability may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. To determine eligibility, discuss options, and arrange services, students should contact the Disability Services Coordinator at their first opportunity. The Disability Services Coordinator is located in the MARC on the second floor of the Schrup Library. Contact (563)588-8107 or marianne.mauss@clarke.edu.