In fall 2012, Wilmington University made a change to the attendance policy in order to encourage continued successful progress towards students’ goal of graduation. Attendance is tracked during each session, and the following administrative action will be taken as a result of unexcused absences.
As part of the 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.
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.
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.
Instructors are required to submit attendance records after each class meeting.
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.
You will only be dropped from the class or classes in which instructor(s) have indicated that you missed the first two class meetings.
You are not financially responsible for the tuition, but you are responsible for application and registration fees. Only your tuition will be refunded.
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.
For online courses, students will be marked absent if they do not 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.
Students are dropped if they miss the first two class meetings, regardless of the format.
You will not be administratively dropped. Remember attendance is one of the keys to academic success so your grade may be negatively impacted.
You will only be dropped from the course if you miss the first two consecutive class meetings. However, missing class meetings can have a negative effect on your learning and grade.
After being dropped because of non-attendance at the first two class meetings, you cannot be added back into the class.
If you add a class late, you will be marked absent for the week that you missed.
If you do not submit attendance within three days of your class meeting, you will see a message in WebCampus letting you know.
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. Attendance submission is also a federal requirement for the disbursement of student aid.
In the WebCampus, you will mark the student’s attendance status as excused. This will ensure that the student is not administratively dropped. Should this be changed to say: 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.
If the student misses a class because he or she added it late, that student should be marked absent for the week.
Class meetings in the attendance interface are based on instructor-submitted meeting dates. Should you cancel a class, simply submit attendance for the date that you do meet, whether in-class or through online assignments.
Yes. The office of the registrar will notify you by e-mail to your Wilmington University faculty e-mail account.
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.
Still log onto the WebCampus portal and submit your attendance. This lets the University know that you are actively participating in attendance tracking and it ensures that students’ financial aid will be disbursed. Failure to submit attendance will prevent students from receiving federal aid for the course.