Attendance Regulations

Attendance, Absence & Withdrawal Policies

A student must be registered for a class and on the official roster in order to attend. This includes students who are attending under audit status.

Attendance at and participation in all class sessions, except for times when students are absent for reasons beyond their control, is regarded as essential. Class activities are planned for the benefit of all students.

Online Course Attendance

Because of the intensive nature of the curriculum and the participatory structure of course work in these programs, it is imperative that students attend every scheduled class and participate in each week’s activity for courses delivered online.

For all online classes, students are expected to login to the Blackboard module regularly (at least 3 days a week) to check the syllabus and work schedule, and complete all assignments for the week. The due date for assignments may not be extended for purposes of achieving attendance. In eight-week online courses, being counted absent for three sessions will result in a grade of "F".  An “absence” for online courses is defined in two ways (either of which will incur an absence).

  • not turning in any assigned work for the week;

  • not demonstrating evidence of reading assigned chapters or viewing assigned videos, tutorials, or other media posted by the professor. Evidence includes posting to discussion forums, responding to other students’ posts, and generally logging in to participate and engage in course materials. Students are responsible for providing written evidence by email (with any supporting documentation attached) to substantiate "authorized absences."

Online Late Assignment Policy:  Students are required to submit all assignments when due.  Homework is designed to prepare students for class collaboration.  On a case-by-case basis, instructors may accept late work for partial credit at their own discretion.  If late work is accepted it is subject to a 10% reduction per day late.  In no event shall homework be accepted for credit if it is not submitted within seven days of the original due date (before the next class meeting).

Online courses will continue as scheduled regardless of weather.

Classroom Demeanor

Students are expected to display classroom and online behavior that is appropriate to a Christian university. A professor may remove a student from a class if, in the professor's judgment, the student displays behavior that is uncivil, defiant, or otherwise disruptive to the classroom learning environment. Online postings require polite behavior; evidenced in font, word use, and grammar that is indicative of college level communication. Students dismissed from a class may not return to the class without the permission of the professor. Online postings require polite behavior; evidenced in font, word use, and grammar that is indicative of college level communication.

Results of Failure to Attend Class

A grade of 'F' is given for any course in which a student has missed half or more of the class meetings, whether the absences are excused or unexcused, unless the student has completed withdrawal from the class before the stated deadline. An absence is recorded for each class missed by a student, including the first meeting of a class following registration, regardless of the reason for the absence.

The responsibility for attending class rests with the student.

Excused Absences. Students will be allowed to make up for full credit work missed because of an excused absence. Under the following circumstances an absence will be excused:

a. Death or serious illness in the immediate family.

b. Participation in intercollegiate athletic events.

c. Class field trips which are required as class assignments.*

d. Club trips which are designated as educational in nature.*

e. Trips sponsored or sanctioned by the university authorities as university business.

f. Trips required by Armed Services or the Veterans Administration.

g. Local emergencies requiring the immediate attention of certain students.

h. Other reasons which are acceptable to the instructor.

Absence due to illness of the student does not necessarily qualify as excused. Each instructor has the prerogative to establish policy on this issue. The policy is to be clearly stated in the syllabus at the beginning of the semester. Other absences are considered unexcused.

Procedure for Excused Absences. Although the instructor is obligated to allow the student to make up for full credit work missed because of an excused absence, such credit must be established through the initiative of the student in accomplishing the work to the full satisfaction of the instructor. Prior notice is expected for any known activities which will interfere with class attendance.

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the professor in advance of any class activity that will interfere with class attendance. Such notification must be made in a manner consistent with the stated expectations in the professor's course syllabus.

* Professors and club sponsors must propose educational trips to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies for approval as excused absences. Educational trips should be planned in such a way as to minimize potential conflicts with other classes as much as possible.

Unexcused Absences. Faculty members are neither obligated nor expected to permit a student to make up work missed because of unexcused absences, including unexcused absences for which no penalty is assessed in accordance with the attendance policy. If a student is allowed to make up such work, full credit may not be allowed.

The number of unexcused absences in a course may be used as a factor in determining a student's grade. It is the obligation of the instructor to explain the policy at the beginning of the course. If the student attends more than half of the class meetings and thus is eligible for credit, the attendance factor may not exceed 25 percent of the total grade basis in the course.

Non-Attendance Resulting in Withdrawal

Except in case of extenuating circumstances, students who do not attend any class for ten consecutive days may be withdrawn from John Brown University for non-attendance. Courses will not be recorded if the withdrawal occurs before the eighth week of the semester. Students will have a grade of 'WP' (withdrawn, passing) or 'WF' (withdrawn, failing) recorded if they are withdrawn after the seventh week of the semester.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact instructors, advisor, Registrar's Office, Business Office, Financial Aid, and Student Development if extenuating circumstances exist.

Chapel Attendance

Chapel is an essential part of fulfilling John Brown University's basic mission of providing a "Christ-centered higher education" and therefore, attendance is a requirement for all students (see Student Handbook). The purpose of chapel is to gather the university family in the context of worship to better know, love, and glorify God, to gain His perspective on our learning, and to grow together as a Christ-centered community while committing ourselves to serving in the world as Jesus' disciples. Chapel is not a replacement for participation in a local church, and students are encouraged to find a home church while at JBU. Students are also encouraged to take part in the various ministry and discipleship opportunities provided through the university Student Ministries Office.