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Attendance Policies

University Official and Unofficial Absences

There are two kinds of absences possible, official and unofficial. The Official Student Absence Policy defines official absences as “absence(s) from class because the student is representing Boise State University at an official, university-recognized event.” In the past, students engaged in military or fire-fighting service have also fallen under the official absence policy; address your questions about individual cases to the course instructor and then the First-Year Writing Program. According to the university, there are no “excused” absences.

You are responsible for attending courses for which you are enrolled. You are also responsible for making up any work you may have missed by failing to attend class, even if the absence was approved by the university, necessitated by illness, or necessitated by a personal emergency. In this sense, then, there are no “excused” absences.Office of the Registrar

First-Year Writing Program Attendance Policy

Students considered officially absent cannot be penalized and should be allowed to make up assignments and tests they have missed. Such students should provide instructors with documentation concerning their absence at least ten days in advance. If students anticipate official absence for more than 2.5 weeks of the semester, they should inform instructors as soon as possible. If it is early in the semester, instructors may advise such students to postpone enrolling in the course until they have sufficient time to devote to its work. Although students with long periods of official absence may not be penalized, the quality of their work may suffer as a result of missing so much class time.

As regards absences other than official, the following guidelines represent the position of Boise State’s First-Year Writing Program.

For classes that meet once a week

The instructor has sufficient grounds to fail any student who misses 3 or more classes without an acceptable excuse.

For classes that meet twice a week

The instructor has sufficient grounds to fail any student who misses 5 or more classes without an acceptable excuse.

For classes that meet three times a week

The instructor has sufficient grounds to fail any student who misses 7 or more classes without an acceptable excuse.

Individual faculty policies may vary and should be stated clearly in the course syllabus. “Acceptable excuse” is defined by the instructor.