Third Year > Attendance Policy

Students are to attend and actively participate in all hours of language instruction in order to ensure steady progress.

Given the complexity of distinguishing between the concept of 'excused' versus 'unexcused' absences, the Language Center guidelines refer only to 'absences.' The record of absences is not included in the grading scale (i.e., the performance grade) but rather in the overall final grade.

Spanlang 101 is offered twice weekly for a total of 4 contact hours, and Spanlang 102 is twice weekly for a total of 3 contact hours.

In Spanlang 101, the first two hours' absence will result in a 2% deduction from the final class grade. Each absence thereafter will result in a 2% deduction per hour from the final grade.

In Spanlang 102, the first two absences of 1.5 hours will result in a 2% deduction each from the final grade. Thereafter, each class absence will result in a 4% deduction from the final grade. See the charts below for details.

If students expect or even anticipate exiting from classes for some reason (such as athletic performances or job interviews), they should choose to take a language class during some other quarter.

Students who will miss class for official University-sponsored activities should notify their instructor during the first week of class regarding the date(s) of expected absence(s) and the official activity involved.

Spanlang 101

Number of Absences Deduction from final grade
0 0%
1 1%
2 2%
3 5%
4* 8%

*3 percentage points taken off the final grade for each successive hour's absence

Note that three tardies are taken as equal to one hour's absence.

Any tardy of more than 15 minutes will count as one hour's absence.

Spanlang 102

Number of Absences Deduction from final grade
0 0%
1.5 4%
3 8%
4.5 12%
6* 16%

*4 percentage points taken off the final grade for each successive absence

Note that three tardies are taken as equal to one hour's absence.

Any tardy of more than 15 minutes will count as one hour's absence.