Distance Education Attendance Policy
Please note that online courses have due dates and are not self-paced. The VU Distance Education Attendance Policy is based on the premise that students will complete all assigned course work by the established due dates. Failure to complete an assignment by the established due date is interpreted as an absence from the class. Any student who misses an assignment will be subject to attendance warnings and classroom concern notices from their instructor. Multiple attendance warnings and classroom concerns may result in administrative withdrawal.
Faculty-Initiated Withdrawal of Students from Class
Students who miss class hours totaling twice the number of credit hours awarded for the course, or the equivalent of two weeks of class instruction, are eligible to be dropped from class. Faculty will be using the “TAPS” program–Tracking Attendance and Performance of Students–to issue warnings for non-attendance and to drop students for non-attendance with the following final grades:
- WN: Withdrawal for non-attendance, Not failing
- WF: Withdrawal for non-attendance, Failing
Only the student may appeal such a drop for non-attendance, and the student has two possible avenues for appeal.
- The student may appeal directly to the faculty person for readmission to the course and must provide evidence of extenuating circumstances that caused the absences. The faculty person has the option to readmit the student at his/her own discretion.
- The student may appeal the drop for non-attendance through the Dean of Students Office by completing a Drop Petition Appeal form within five business days from the date of the notification. The Dean of Students will then review the appeal, consult with the faculty member and, potentially, the student and render a decision to grant or deny readmission into the class. If there is extenuating information/evidence unknown to the faculty person or Dean of Students, the student is responsible to provide that information/evidence. The review is conducted by the Dean of Students or a designee.