Class Policy Statement

Policy Statements

Morehouse College

2015-2016 AY

Attendance Requirements:

The policy statement on Attendance provided earlier is appropriate for 3 credit hour courses that meet either twice weekly or three times a week.

In cases where meetings times are once a week, or where courses are for 1 or 2 credit hours, hours missed are more important than number of unexcused absences. Therefore, intervention is triggered as follows:

1 Credit Hour Course = 1 hour of class missed (unexcused)

2 Credit Hour Course = 2 hours of class missed (unexcused)

3 Credit Hour Course = 3 hours of class missed (unexcused)

Thus, a student who misses three hours of class meeting time in a (three) 3 credit hour course triggers intervention, regardless of number of absences. Similarly, a student who misses one hour of class meeting time for a one (1) credit hour course triggers intervention. Hours of class missed, rather than number of absences, are most important when making a determination of need for intervention.

This statement is an acceptable policy statement for all courses:

Students are expected to attend each class meeting. Students who meet the threshold of  (one) 1 unexcused hour of class time for each credit hour assigned to the course will be referred to the Office of Student Success and may be administratively withdrawn from the course. Therefore, a student with two (2) unexcused hours absent from a 2 credit hour course or a student with three (3) unexcused hours absent from a 3 credit hour course is in violation of the attendance policy. Failure to meet minimum attendance requirements may result in the loss of the student’s financial aid in accordance with federal financial aid requirements.  

Each class meeting is important, so class attendance should be taken from the first day of class. Students who enroll late, miss classes early in the semester, or are withdrawn and then re-enter the class are students who may need intervention. Our goal is to work with divisional advisors to intervene early and effectively to support all students.

This Statement is acceptable for 3 credit hour courses:

Students are expected to attend each class meeting.  Students with more than 3 unexcused absences will be referred to the Office of Student Success and may be administratively withdrawn from the course.  Failure to meet minimum attendance requirements may result in the loss of the student’s financial aid in accordance with federal financial aid requirements.

EEO & Disability Statement:

Morehouse College is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  Students with disabilities or those who suspect they have a disability must register with the Office of Disability Services (“ODS”) in order to receive accommodations.  Students currently registered with the ODS are required to present their Disability Services Accommodation Letter to faculty immediately upon receiving the accommodation.  If you have any questions, contact the Office of Disability Services, 100 Sale Hall Annex, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Dr. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314, (404) 215-2636.

Academic Dishonesty:

Morehouse College students are expected to conduct themselves with the highest level of ethics and academic honesty at all times and abide by the terms set forth in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Instances of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to plagiarism and cheating on examinations and assignments, are taken seriously and may result in a failing grade for the assignment or course and may be reported to the Honor and Conduct Review Board for disciplinary action.

Syllabus is not a Contract:

A syllabus is not a contract between instructor and student, but rather a guide to course procedures.  The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus when conflicts, emergencies or circumstances dictate.  Students will be duly notified.

Inclement Weather Policy: 

In the event of inclement weather, the College will announce any closures via the emergency notification system and/or through local news outlets.  Absent an official closure, students are not excused from attending class due to weather and any absences will be considered unexcused.