Frequently Asked Questions
Attendance Policy - New for Fall 2012
In order to encourage continued successful progress towards students’ goal of graduation, Wilmington University is making a change to the University’s attendance policy. Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, attendance will be tracked during each session, and the following administrative action will be taken as a result of unexcused absences.
As part of the new attendance policy, students who have missed the first two sessions of a course will be administratively dropped from that course. Being administratively dropped from a course may have unintended consequences on a student’s financial aid and/or standing with the University.
Wilmington University expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students must communicate with their instructor should a situation arise that would prevent them from coming/participating in class.
Attendance Policy FAQs
Why is this new policy in place?
Data from Wilmington University and other colleges around the country shows that students who miss the first two class meetings have a lower chance of success. The policy is effective Fall 2012 to help students who may be falling behind early in the course.
What is an administrative drop?
An administrative drop is completed by the Registrar’s Office when an instructor indicates that a student did not attend the first two class meetings. The course is removed from the student’s schedule and the student will no longer have access to course materials in WebCampus and Blackboard.
How will the University know if I did not attend class?
Instructors are required to submit attendance records after each class meeting. However, if you do not plan to attend a course, you are responsible for dropping the class via WebCampus or in person at any site. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to drop any course they know they will not attend.
How will I be notified that I've been administratively dropped from a course?
The Office of the Registrar will notify you by e-mail to your student (@wildcats.wilmu.edu) e-mail account when you have been administratively dropped from a course. Please be sure you are regularly checking your student e-mail account by logging onto WebCampus or using your e-mail software for your computer or mobile device.
Will I be dropped from all of my classes?
You will only be dropped from the class or classes in which instructor(s) have indicated that you missed the first two class meetings.
Will I get my money back if I am administratively dropped?
You are not financially responsible for the tuition, but you are responsible for application and registration fees. Only your tuition will be refunded.
I am receiving financial aid. If I am administratively dropped, will that affect my financial aid?
The drop may affect your financial aid, especially if you drop below full-time or half-time status. If you are dropped, you should contact Financial Aid to better understand the impact.
I am taking an online class. How is attendance determined?
For online courses, students will be marked absent if they do not log on and/or participate in assigned activities. If this is the case for the first two weeks as identified by the instructor, the student will be administratively dropped.
I am taking a modular/semester/block course. How does this policy work for each format?
Students are dropped if they miss the first two class meetings, regardless of the format.
What if I miss two classes later on in the block?
You will not be administratively dropped. Remember attendance is one of the keys to academic success so your grade may be negatively impacted.
What if I miss the first class, go the second class, and miss the third class meeting?
You will only be dropped from the course if you miss the first two consecutive class meetings.
What if I have been dropped from my class and want to take it?
After being dropped because of non-attendance at the first two class meetings, you cannot be added back into the class.
Where do I input attendance?
When should I submit attendance?
If you do not submit attendance within three days of your class meeting, you will see a message in WebCampus letting you know.
Why do I have to submit attendance?
Student attendance is a predictor of academic success. Tracking attendance helps the University look for patterns in the hope of developing initiatives to help students succeed. The success of the new policy of administratively dropping students who miss the first two class sessions is reliant on faculty participation.
What if a student misses the first two class sessions but I approve it?
In accordance with University policy, students who miss the first two class meetings should be marked as absent. In extreme circumstances, an instructor may mark the student as excused to prevent him or her from being dropped.
What if I have to cancel class?
You must still complete your attendance sheet online for that class meeting. If you are unable to hold your class meeting, select "Instructor Absent" as the attendance option for each student for that class meeting.
Will I be notified if a student has been administratively dropped from my course?
Yes. The office of the registrar will notify you by e-mail to your Wilmington University faculty e-mail account.
How does this work with semester/modular/online/block courses?
Students will be administratively dropped if they do not attend the first two sessions of a course. This is the first two meetings regardless of course format. For online courses, students should be marked absent if they do not log on and/or participate in assigned activities.
What if all of my students attend every week?
Still log onto the WebCampus portal and submit your attendance. This lets the University know that you are actively participating in attendance tracking.