CLONINGER: ATTENDANCE AND GRADING POLICIES

Absences and Tardies
Student absences during the semester are not expected to exceed the number of times the class meets in one week. (Example: For a full-semester class meeting twice a week, only two absences for the semester are excused. [For a half-semester class meeting twice a week, only one absence for the half-semester is excused.]) Faculty cannot be placed in the position of determining which absences are excusable and which are not. Thus, the allotted absences are always excusable; the unallotted absences are always not excusable. No documentation for the allotted absences is required. No documentation for the unallotted absences will be accepted. (This includes surgeon's note, psychiatrist's note, mechanic's note, mortician's note, etc.)

Students failing to attend the first day of class may be dropped from the class by the instructor.

Tardiness is defined as being ten minutes late for class, or departing from class before it has been formally dismissed by the instructor. Two tardies are counted as one absence.

These allotted absences are to accommodate routine illness, weddings, car trouble, etc. Doctor appointments, advisor conferences, trips to supply stores and labs, employment, etc., should not be scheduled to conflict with class. Using the allotted absences is considered average. All students are expected to attend class on a regular basis. Prolonged illness will require the student to withdraw from class.


Notification of Attendance Problems
Students whose attendance exceeds the allotted number of absences may receive written and/or verbal warning. It is advised that students also maintain a record of their absences. An absence or tardy accrued following what is allowed will result in the following:
-- 1-3 absences OVER the allotted number of allowed absences will lower student's overall grade by -.1 to -.3 respectively (out of 4.0). [In the case of half-semester classes, 1 absence OVER the allotted number of allowed absences will lower the student's overall grade by -.1 (out of 4.0).]
-- At the 4th absence OVER the allotted number of allowed absences, the student will be dropped from the class. [In the case of half-semester classes, at the 2nd absence OVER the allotted number of allowed absences, the student will be dropped from the class.]
(If this happens before the official withdrawal deadline, the student's transcript will carry the word WITHDRAWAL. If it happens after the withdrawal deadline, the student will receive an F.)


Preparation for and Behavior during Class
Students are to be prepared at the start of each class with assigned work and supplies. Students who do not participate in class critiques or individual discussions with faculty when scheduled to do so should not expect private critiques with faculty at a later date.

Many of the courses I teach require you to be actively online and on your computer during class. However, many activities during class will require you to be explicitly offline and off your computer during class. These activities include mockup and prototype critiques. I will often tell you to turn off your monitors during these non-computer-related activities so that you may direct your full attention to the critiques.

It should go without saying, but just to be absolutely clear: you should never be working on projects for other classes during our class; you should never be online doing non-class related activities during our class; you should rarely if ever be on your smart phone during our class. Such activities are discourteous and unprofessional; They will adversely affect your final grade.


Obtaining Missed Homework
Students who miss lectures and class discussions due to absences must obtain notes for the classes missed and assignments from a responsible classmate prior to the next class period (get a classmate's email address). While faculty will be happy to clarify information for students who are confused, instructors cannot repeat lectures or elaborate on project descriptions on an individual basis. Students should make every attempt to obtain general information from classmates before discussing details with faculty.

It should be further noted that faculty are frequently called upon to recommend students for professional positions upon graduation and are contacted by potential employers as references. In such instances, reliability is always discussed. Students with a responsible record of attendance are likely to receive favorable recommendations.


Grading
Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Major assignments that are overdue but turned in within 24 hours will be deducted a full letter grade for lateness. An additional letter grade will be deducted per additional day late. This policy includes weekends, holidays, snow days, etc.

A grade of A+, A, and A- is excellent. A grade of B+, B, and B- is above average. A grade of C+, C, and C- is average. A grade of D+, D, and D- is below average. A grade of F is failing. A grade of 0 indicates failure to complete the assignment.


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
University of North Carolina at Asheville is committed to making courses, programs and activities accessible to persons with documented disabilities. Students requiring reasonable accommodations must register with the Office of Academic Accessibility by providing supporting documentation. All information provided will remain confidential. For more information please contact the Office of Academic Accessibility at (828)232-5050 or academicaccess@unca.edu, visit them in the OneStop Student Services Center or at their website https://oaa.unca.edu/.