The course work for which each student is responsible normally includes lectures, discussions, and other classroom activities as well as texts and outside readings, assignments, and examinations. Excessive absence from class should and does adversely affect learning and performance. Consequently, regular class attendance is expected of all UWP students.
Within the first two weeks of class, each faculty member will distribute a Course of Study to each student in the class . This Course of Study will include a course description, a list of texts, an explanation of grading procedures, and a clear statement of attendance policy.
Limits on the number of unexcused absences, their effect on grades, and policies concerning makeup work should be explained.
While instructors are expected to make reasonable allowances for absences caused by illness and other circumstances beyond a student's control as well as field trips and co-curricular activities, making up missed work is solely the student's responsibility.
In the case of unanticipated absence (personal or family illness or emergency), the student should inform the staff of the Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs and ask that instructors be notified. Upon returning to class, the student should consult the instructor(s) to obtain assignments, etc., for makeup work and deadline(s) for its completion.
In the case of a field trip or other anticipated absence, the student should as far in advance as possible, obtain approval from the instructors of all classes which will be missed. The instructor is expected to inform the student what will be missed, what makeup work will be required/accepted and when it will be due, and possible consequences of missing class activity which cannot be made up. An instructor is in no way obligated to seek out a student who has been absent for any reason nor to place other students or him or herself at a disadvantage in order to facilitate making up work.
Mid-term D/F Grades - At the end of the first eight (8) weeks of each semester, faculty members are required to report to the Registrar the names of students doing D or F work. The faculty member should counsel such students or refer them to appropriate sources for academic help.
Faculty members may conduct as many field trips or other outside class period activities for classes as can be arranged, provided they do not interfere with students' other classes. Field trips or other activities which require students to be absent from classes are open only to students who are excused by the instructors of those classes. Students are expected to contact instructors to be excused for participation in a field trip.
Although the primary responsibilities of faculty and academic staff members are teaching, research activities, and other assigned institutional duties, the University does encourage participation in public service and other endeavors related to fields of interest and expertise.
Outside activities are those which are of an extensive, recurring, or continuing nature and are outside institutional responsibilities assigned during employment by UW-Platteville.
When faculty or academic staff members anticipate being absent from regular duties for outside activities, permission must be obtained from the appropriate Chair or Director.
Anticipated service by a faculty or academic staff member as an expert witness in legal proceedings, or as staff, advisor, or consultant to granting agencies shall be subject to the absence reporting procedure included in this handbook.
All faculty and instructional academic staff members are expected to participate in at least one commencement ceremony, December or May, per year. Those not wishing or unable to attend must contact their dean or supervisor.
Although not required, administrative and non-instructional academic staff are encouraged and welcome to attend any of the four commencement ceremonies per year.