Contact Hours and Attendance

Contact Hours

Graduate courses are only offered in an 8- week term format and meet 1-time per week for 4 hours (240 min). Graduate Mid-term and final exams sessions are scheduled in 2-hour block sessions (120 min) in addition to weekly class meeting times (36 total contact hours). Please see the Graduate Course Schedule/Timetable on the website for specific exam dates/times:

Undergraduate courses are offered either in term format, which meets for two 2-hour sessions per week for 8 consecutive weeks (32 contact hours), or a 15-week semester format, which meets for two 1.5 hour sessions (90 min) for 8 consecutive weeks followed by a break week (no classes are held) and then for another 7 consecutive weeks. The total number of contact hours for undergraduate semester courses is thus 45.

Please see the Graduate and Undergraduate Course Schedules/Timetables on the website for specific course meeting dates/times and graduate exam dates/times:

Graduate course schedules and timetables
Undergraduate course schedules and timetables

It is essential that all classes meet for the full instructional time as scheduled. Classes may not be shortened or cancelled. Please be sure to check your appointment letter for times, location, and term dates. Please consult the Academic Coordinators for any rescheduling needs.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend ALL class sessions of a course. In the case of an unavoidable absence, the student must contact the instructor immediately and provide written documentation explaining the absence. The student is subject to appropriate academic penalty for incomplete or unacceptable makeup work, or for excessive or unexcused absences as follows:

  • If a student has less than 4 EXCUSED absences when the course meets twice per week or 2 excused absences when the course meets once per week, then his/her grade will not be penalized provided the student successfully completes any make up assignments.
     
  • If a student has less than 4 UNEXCUSED absences when the course meets twice per week or 2 unexcused absences when the course meets once per week, then his/her grade will be reduced by one letter grade for each unexcused absence.
     
  • If a student exceeds 4 absences when the course meets twice per week or 2 absences when the when the course meets once per week, regardless if the absence is excused or unexcused, then the student is responsible for withdrawing from the course or will otherwise receive an F letter grade for failing to attend a significant amount of class sessions necessary to successfully complete the course.
     
  • In the case of a mixture of excused and unexcused absences, the instructor’s response must be based on the dominant category.