General Attendance and Workshop Policies
The Structured Learning Assistance (SLA)
workshops are designed to assist all students in
successfully completing their course work. The workshops
will offer students the study strategies, background
information and practice time vital to academic success.
Workshops are an important part of the academic course and,
to be beneficial, must be attended with regularity. To that
end, the following policies will be in effect for all SLA
- All students are required to attend all SLA workshops until the
professor establishes the baseline grade with the first
test, quiz or other assessment tool.
professor will establish the grade (or percentage) at which
attendance becomes mandatory or voluntary. Students scoring
above the indicated grade (or percentage) are encouraged to
attend, but will not be held accountable for absences. Your
professor has determined that the cut-off grade will be
need to know if the professor is using a cumulative (running
total) grade for every activity or just exam scores in
determining who is required to attend SLA or not. This
course will use a ___________.
are required to attend workshops at any time during
the semester in which their grade (or percentage) falls
below the established cut-off and until their grade (or
percentage) improves up to the minimum score. It is the
student’s responsibility to learn if he or she is required
to continue attending after an assessment. Students should
ask the professor if they are uncertain. Do not make
any assumptions about your attendance status.
- No more than four (4) unexcused absences from
the required workshop sessions will be permitted during the
In the few instances where SLA meets once per week for a
3-hour workshop, only two (2) unexcused absences are
allowed. Students who exceed their number of unexcused
absences will receive a failing grade in the course or may
withdraw if this occurs during the University’s class
withdrawal time period. The last day for “W” grade for
the Fall 2007 semester is November 1.
SLA attendance policy is separate from the professor’s
attendance policy. Students are required to understand and
follow both policies.
student who arrives more than 15 minutes late will be
marked absent. If the Facilitator offers a break in
workshops that meet more than two (2) hours in one session,
student returning from break more than five (5) minutes late
will be marked tardy. For every three (3) times a person is
late for a workshop session, either at the beginning of the
session or following a session break, (five minute tardy),
they will receive one (1) absence.
student must be present for the entire workshop
to receive credit for attending. Students required to
attend the workshop but leave early will be marked absent.
who are requested to refocus their behavior on the learning
task more than two (2) times during the course of a workshop
session may be dismissed and marked absent.
students (meeting the minimum grade or higher) are strongly
encouraged to arrive on time and stay at SLA workshops for
student must have all required materials and actively
participate in order to be counted as having attended the
workshop session. This includes bringing lecture notes
and textbook. Students forgetting materials will be
allowed to get them but will be marked late for the workshop
session. A student who comes to a workshop session
unprepared and is not participating can be asked to leave
the workshop and will be marked absent.