Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Handbook

Class Attendance

Is class attendance important if I submit all of the assignments?

Yes. You do have to attend class. You can’t expect to earn a passing grade without regular attendance and class participation. Especially in a school that stresses collaboration and community. Simply submitting projects, no matter what their quality, will not result in a passing grade.

Can I let my professor know of a planned absence after I’ve missed class?

Students are required to notify faculty in advance in the case of an anticipated absence for a medical appointment, a religious holiday, or an event of personal importance, and to arrange to make up all work missed. You know it’s going to happen, so tell your teacher in advance. The professor does not have to excuse this absence. And by the way, a planned absence for “an event of personal importance” does not mean a party or a wedding or whatever. Think bereavement.

What if the absence is unplanned?

In the case of an unplanned absence, the student must contact the faculty member as soon as possible with an explanation for the absence. Most faculty outline specific actions in their syllabi; consult the course syllabus for the action appropriate to the faculty member. Again, letting someone know why you’ve been out does not mean you’re off the hook.

What should I do if I’m going to be away from class for more than one or two days?

In the case of an extended absence, such as illness or hospitalization, the student should contact their assigned advisor, who will then send an email memo to the student’s professors and distribute a copy to the student.

Do I have to make up coursework that I miss?

Yes. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with the individual faculty members to make up all missed work.

Am I automatically allowed to make up the work missed because I was absent?

No. Faculty are under no obligation to allow a student to make up class assignments when a student is absent from class for any reason other than representing the University of Michigan.

The Stamps School of Art & Design does not differentiate between excused and unexcused absences. All missed days are counted as absences from class whether excused or unexcused. If you’re not there, you can’t learn.

What if I must be absent from class because I am representing the University?

When students are absent from class on behalf of the University of Michigan, it is the expectation that the faculty member and the student will make alternative arrangements for fulfilling class assignments. The alternative arrangement should not unduly inconvenience either the faculty member or the student. And you have to have proof — as in a letter from your coach (sports, debate team, etc).

Do I have to notify my professor before I am absent from class to represent the University?

Yes. Here’s the U’s wording: It is the obligation of the student who expects to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments as a consequence of representing the University to provide the faculty member with reasonable notice for dates of anticipated absences and to work with the faculty member to obtain assignments so that he/she can prepare the necessary academic material.

Every effort on the part of the student should be made to present this information at the beginning of each term or no later than the end of the fourth week of a full term, or at the end of a half term. The faculty member should allow him/her to make up, without prejudice or penalty, all the work missed due to the above circumstances.