Academic Regulations and Policies
challenges students to be learners who assume responsibility for being a part
of a community of scholars. Student presence and participation in the classroom
is an important component of this challenge. Furthermore, as part of its
mission, Viterbo University offers an education that prepares students for
professional employment. Each student is encouraged to develop a professional
work ethic that reflects responsibility, initiative, and teamwork.
In light of the above,
students are expected to attend all classes. Students who are absent from class
miss opportunities to contribute to the learning environment of the classroom
and are developing patterns that will not be tolerated in the professional
workplace. Absences from class may result in a loss of college financial aid.
Federal regulation requires that students make satisfactory progress toward a
degree in order to retain federal financial aid.
- Viterbo University expects students to
attend all classes.
- Students who do not attend the first
two 55-minute class periods or the equivalent of a course and who do not inform
the instructor prior to the class meetings may be asked by the instructor to
drop the course using the official drop form thereby avoiding a grade of “F.”
Faculty will notify the director of student success of these absences no later
than Friday of the first week of classes.
- Each faculty member will establish a
reasonable attendance policy, which will be stated in the course syllabus and shared
at the first class meeting. Certain courses may have more stringent attendance
- Faculty will keep a weekly record of
attendance for each student to comply with federal financial aid guidelines.
- Faculty will continually inform the director
of student success using the academic concern form to report students who have
- A student should not be considered
absent from a class when she/he is attending a required extracurricular
activity such as a field trip, or when a student is officially representing
Viterbo University at a scheduled activity, such as a fine arts production, a
conference, or an intercollegiate athletic event. Students participating in
such events are responsible for the class work missed.
- Students not able to attend classes
due to military obligations should refer to the Military Deployment policy.
- When an absence is unavoidable, a
student should contact his/her instructor or the director of student success.
Documentation may be required. Absences do not remove the responsibility for
the student to complete the work missed. Instructors are not required to make
special arrangements for students who have missed a class.
- When the number of absences exceeds 15
percent of the scheduled classes, the faculty may issue a failing grade for the
- Excessive absenteeism will be reported
to the financial aid office by the director of student success and may result
in a loss of eligibility for financial aid.
- Excessive absenteeism may also result
in the administrative withdrawal of the student from the course and/or Viterbo