The Elementary Education Department is in full support of the Ball State University position statement addressed to students on page 18 of the current undergraduate catalog.
A student's official course program is regarded as a contract with the university. Since full performance requires, in part, regular and punctual class attendance, students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered. Faculty will establish attendance policies for their courses and communicate those policies through course syllabi or outlines.
Students who know they must be absent from a class should notify the instructor or departmental office. Courtesy requires that students speak to the instructor and preferably present a signed and dated memo briefly stating the reasons for absence.
If students are absent three consecutive times without making arrangements with their instructors, or if their absences are excessive and thereby endanger scholastic standing, the instructor may report the absences to the Student Ombudsperson/Assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Office. Faculty members are responsible for keeping records of attendance of all students registered in each class.
Students are responsible for completing any work they have missed. The faculty member is not required to do extra teaching to help students "catch up."
Because the faculty members of this department believe that class attendance is a critical factor in undergraduate preparation of pre-service teachers, they will expect attendance at all class meetings.