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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Attendance and Assessment/Examinations

Attendance

Medically Necessitated Absences from Class

  1. The university expects each student to take full responsibility for his or her academic work and academic progress. The student, to progress satisfactorily, must meet all of the requirements of each course for which he or she is registered. Students are expected to attend classes regularly, for consistent attendance offers the most effective opportunity open to all students to gain command of the concepts and materials of their courses of study. Except as provided below, absences will not be used in the computation of grades, and the recording of student absences will not be required of the faculty.       
  2. It is the policy of the university to excuse the absences of students that result from the following causes: illness of the student, or illness of a dependent as defined by Board of Regents policy on family and medical leave; religious observance (where the nature of the observance prevents the student from being present during the class period); participation in university activities at the request of university authorities; and compelling circumstance beyond the students control. Students claiming excused absence must apply in writing and furnish documentary support for their assertion that absence resulted from one of these causes.       
  3. In some courses, attendance and in-class participation are ongoing requirements and an integral part of the work of the course. In other courses, occasional in-class assessments may occur, sometimes without advance notice. It is the responsibility of the instructor to inform each class at the beginning of the semester of the nature of in-class participation expected and the effect of absences on the evaluation of the student's work in the course.       
  4. Absences in courses where in-class participation is a significant part of the work of the course shall be handled by the instructor in the course in accordance with the general policy of his or her academic unit.       
  5. Permanent changes in the scheduling or location of classes must be approved by the chair, the director or the dean of the department, non-departmentalized school or college, as appropriate.
  6. The university shall excuse class absences that result from a student's illness, provided the student complies with the procedures below. Procedures vary depending on the length and frequency of the absence and whether the absence occurs during a Major Scheduled Grading Event.
  7. Major Scheduled Grading Events and Prolonged Absences. Instructors shall identify in writing all Major Scheduled Grading Events pertaining to each course at the beginning of the semester. Students who miss a Major Scheduled Grading Event due to illness or who have a prolonged absence due to illness (multiple consecutive absences due to the same illness) shall be required to provide his or her instructor with written documentation of the illness from the University Health Center or from his or her own health care provider. The University Health Center or health care provider shall verify dates of treatment and indicate the dates the student was unable to meet academic responsibilities.
  8. Excused Absences from Class. Except during a Major Scheduled Grading Event, students may be excused from a single lecture, recitation or laboratory session one time per course per semester for a medically necessitated reason. The student should make a reasonable attempt to inform the instructor of his/her illness prior to the class, and present his or her instructor with a self-signed note attesting to the date of his or her illness. This note must include an acknowledgement: (a) that the information provided is true and correct, and (b) that the student understands that providing false information to University officials is a violation of Part 9(h) of the Code of Student Conduct.
  9. Written Absence Policies. Students who have more than one non-consecutive medically necessitated absence should comply with the requirements of the written absence policy applicable to each class. Instructors shall adopt a written policy addressing non-consecutive student absences for medically necessitated reasons at the beginning of each semester. Instructors should specify the nature of information and the documentation they require from students.
  10. Resolution of Problems. A student who wishes to contest a decision by the instructor should consult with the instructor's Department Chair and the Dean's Office of the college as necessary.

www.president.umd.edu/policies/docs/V-100G.pdf


Assessment

1.    The university provides students with excused absences the opportunity to reschedule significant assessments, except in cases where the nature of the assessment precluded the possibility of rescheduling, OR to perform a substitute assignment without penalty. An instructor is not under obligation to offer a substitute assignment or to give a student a make-up assessment unless the failure to perform was due to an excused absence, that is, due to illness (of the student or a dependent), religious observance (where the nature of the observance prevents the student from being present during the class period), participation in university activities at the request of university authorities, or compelling circumstances beyond the students control. Students claiming excused absence must apply in writing and furnish documentary support for their assertion that absence resulted from one of these causes.             

The make-up assessment or substitute assignment must be at a time and place mutually agreeable to the instructor and student, cover only the material for which the student was originally responsible, and be at a comparable level of difficulty with the original assessment. In the event that a group of students requires the same make-up assessment or substitute assignment, one time and place may be scheduled. The make-up assessment or substitute assignment must not interfere with the student's regularly scheduled classes or in-class final examination.             

Students who have a concern regarding religious observances should see their instructors at the start of the semester. Although the university attempts to accommodate the religious beliefs of all of its members, it functions within a secular environment and is limited in the extent to which it can interrupt its normal operations. The president shall determine when it is appropriate for the campus community to restrict rescheduling examinations or other significant assessments on the dates of religious observance.             

At this time, examinations or other significant assessments may not be scheduled on Rosh Hoshanah, Yom Kippur, Good Friday, or the first two days of Passover.

In cases of dispute, the student may appeal to the chair, the director or the dean of the department, non-departmentalized school or college offering the course within one week from the date of the refusal to schedule a make-up assessment. In those instances where the instructor is the chair, director or dean, the appeal shall be made to the next higher administrative officer, whose decision shall be final.       

2.  The student must notify his or her instructor of the reason for absence as soon as possible. Where the reason for absence from a scheduled assessment is known well in advance (for example, in cases of religious observance or participation in university activities at the request of university authorities), the student must inform the instructor by the end of the schedule adjustment period. Prior notification is especially important in connection with final examinations, since failure to reschedule a final examination before conclusion of the final examination period may result in loss of credits during the semester. Where the reason is not known well in advance (for example, in cases of illness or compelling circumstances beyond the students control), the student must inform the instructor as soon as the reason develops, or as soon as possible after its development.       

3.  Ordinarily, assessments are given during class hours in accordance with the regularly scheduled (or officially arranged) time and place of each course. No less than seven calendar days notice shall be given for assessments scheduled at other times and places. It shall be the instructors responsibility to ensure that the change in schedule does not interfere with any students regularly scheduled classes or in-class final examinations. It is the responsibility of the student to be informed concerning the dates of announced quizzes, tests, and examinations. Performance assessments may take a variety of forms and need not be classroom-based written examinations.        

 4.  A final examination shall be given in every undergraduate course. Exceptions may be made with the written approval of the chair, the director or the dean of the department, non-departmentalized school or  college, as appropriate. However, a students final course grade shall be based on a combination assessments that is at least the equivalent of a comprehensive final examination. No final examination or equivalent may be given or due during the last week of classes. All in-class final examinations must be held on the date and at the time listed in the official final examination schedule. Out-of-class final examination or equivalent assessments shall be due on the date and at a time listed in the official final examination schedule.       

5.  A student may seek to reschedule final examinations so that he or she has no more than three (3) examinations on any given day.  It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the rescheduling or be responsible for taking the examination as originally scheduled.  When rescheduling is desired, the student should first contact his or her class instructor(s).  A student who encounters difficulty rescheduling examinations with his or her instructors is advised to contact his or her respective Dean's Office.  Faculty are expected to accommodate students with legitimate rescheduling requests.

6.  The chair, the director or the dean of the department, non-departmentalized school or college, as appropriate, is responsible for the adequate administration of assessments in courses under his or her jurisdiction.

7. No in-class assessment shall exceed the allotted time for a regularly scheduled class period. In the case of in-class final examinations, the time allotted shall not exceed the scheduled final examination period.       

8. Each student shall be given the instructions and performance requirements for all assessments intended to require more than one-half class period in a form translatable to hard copy, unless the chair, the director or the dean of the department, non-departmentalized school or college, as appropriate, has authorized another procedure. The instructions and requirements of the assessment shall be archived in an appropriate medium in a suitable place.    

9. The following rules shall govern all in-class examinations, unless the instructor for a specific course stipulates alternate rules for that course. A breach of any of the rules shall constitute disruption of class, a disciplinary offense (Code of Student Conduct, section 9.m.), or may serve as the basis of an allegation of academic dishonesty.    

a. Students arriving late for an examination may not unreasonably disrupt the examination room.

b. Students must leave all unauthorized materials (e.g., books, notes, calculators) with the proctor before being seated.

c. Where seating arrangements are established by proctors, student must conform to these arrangements.

d. Students may not return to an examination room after leaving, unless permission to do so has been granted by the proctor prior to the student's departure.             

e. Students must cease conversation prior to the passing out of examination papers and maintain silence during the entire examination period.             

f. Students must place examination papers face down on the writing desk until the examination is officially begun by the proctor.             

g.  Students must keep examination papers flat on the writing desk at all times.            

h.  Students at an examination must be prepared to show current university identification.

10.    Each faculty member is to retain, for one full semester after a course is ended, the students final assessments in the appropriate medium. If a faculty member goes on leave for a semester or longer, or leaves the university, the final assessments and grade records for the course must be left with the chair, the director or the dean of the department, non-departmentalized school or college, as appropriate.

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