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Class Attendance Policy

The Women's Studies Department believes that class attendance is both a fundamental responsibility of all Penn State students and a necessary part of the Penn State academic experience. The Department expects students to attend all scheduled class sessions. The only valid reasons for missing class are illness, personal or family emergencies, religious holidays, and University-sanctioned activities (usually off-campus athletic, academic, or student government-related events). Faculty may ask students to verify such absences and it is the student's responsibility to make up missed work. Students should recognize that excessive absenteeism, even due to valid reasons, can negatively impact a student's course performance. The Department encourages faculty to adopt course policies that promote regular class attendance and penalize excessive absenteeism.