The school attendance policy will be followed. Studies show that the probability of success in academic endeavors is directly proportional to the regularity of class attendance. Therefore, evaluation criteria are weighted in favor of regular class attendance and unexcused absences may lower the student's final grade up to a grade point (see below under "criteria for evaluation"). Students are expected to attend class regularly.
Students whose unexcused absences exceed one week of class may be dropped. Students dropped are required to meet with the professor and submit their written plan for maintaining attendance and progress in the class before reinstatement. Reinstatement does not "start the clock," and further absences will again result in the student being dropped from the class.
The student should be aware that much learning takes place during class. Further, daily participation and quiz grades cannot be recorded for absent students. Students with excessive absences may not perform successfully on exams. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor in writing or by phone in advance or no later than 24 hours after an absence which should be excused. The student is responsible for obtaining all assignments and completing any work missed.
Students must arrive at class on time. Quizzes are usually administered at the beginning of class. A student who must arrive at class late is expected to enter class without being disruptive and wait until after class to explain the reason for his or her tardiness. Three tardies count as one absence for purposes of administering the attendance policy.
Homework must be turned in on time or early. If you cannot turn work in on time, you must ask for permission to turn the work in late. In many cases, late homework cannot be accepted since the answers are given in class. Late homework that is accepted will be accepted only during the next class period following the date the homework was due with one letter grade reduction (10%). The grade reduction will be waived for excused absences. Daily in-class work and quizzes cannot be made up.
Major assignments must be produced and submitted on the timetable set forth in class. Students who do not follow the timetable for identifying topics, researching sources, outlining, and otherwise producing an acceptable paper cheat both themselves and other students.
Major assignments that are to be presented in class must be presented on the day scheduled. Students who see that they will be unable to submit or present major assignments as scheduled must, no later than one week before the due date, ask for permission to submit or present the work late.
Students who do not produce and submit timely work will fail the class.
Make-up Examination Policy
Make-up exams are available only in extreme emergencies. Arrangements for make-up exams must be made with the professor prior to the exam. Students who score less than 70% on a major exam (other than the final) may petition to retake the exam; the exam must be retaken within one week after the graded exam is returned to the student. It is the student's responsibility to ask in a timely manner to retake the exam. The highest grade on any retaken exam will be (75%).
Group Work and Copying (when applicable)
While students may work together in a group to complete a homework assignment, learning is often an individual process, and all students must participate in the process if learning is to occur. Do not allow a fellow student to participate in group work if she or he does not materially contribute to the learning process. Do not copy your homework from anyone else, do not allow anyone else to copy your homework. Homework exercises are generally a small percentage of the grade in a class. Satisfactory learning as demonstrated on pop quizzes and major tests is much more important. Do not cheat yourself or others. Learn the material.
Class Readings (when applicable)
In language classes, students will be expected to read aloud assigned work, the text and their own literal translation in class. The order of reading will be random so students should prepare all exercises every day. Reading will be graded as prepared, ill-prepared, unprepared. Students may use any helps they choose outside of class to prepare the reading, but in the class during readings, the only book permitted is the text. Students should prepare sufficiently to remember vocabulary. The professor will assist with a meaning if necessary. Specifically, open English Bibles, translations on loose paper, or interlinears of any type, including hand-written interlinears in the student's text, are not permitted.
Class withdrawal procedures as set forth in the catalog must be followed. The student must initiate an official process. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdraw. The student who neither attends nor drops the class will ultimately receive an "F" grade.