Attendance Policy-Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Attendance Policy

When writing your own attendance policy, be sure to include the following:

  1. Make sure to frame your policy in a positive way (e.g., “you will only be eligible for 80% credit” rather than “you will lose 20% credit”).
  2. Justify your policy as it relates to the role of attending class and your students’ learning.
  3. Outline the circumstances under which student absences are excused (e.g., religious holidays, CMU-sponsored events, medical or family emergencies, etc.).
  4. Explain the ways students can notify you of an absence.

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Sample 1: Attendance and participation policy from Business

Sample 2: Attendance and participation policy from History