The  four most important things to remember about attendance are as follows:

1. Your fourth unexcused absence will affect your participation grade.

2. More than fourth unexcused absences  can result in a WU.

3. Every 4  tardy counts as an unexcused absence.

4.  If you are tardy, you must AFTER CLASS make sure you’ve been marked tardy.


How Many Absences Can I Have Before it affects my grade?

Missing more than four face-to-face classes, may result in a WU:   According to Baruch College Attendance Policy, students who miss more than twice the amount of hours the course meets in a week may receive a WU.   This class meets twice a week.  Each class session is 1 hr and 15 minute (75 minutes), which means we meet for a total of 2 hrs 30 minutes (150 minutes) a week.   So if you miss more than 4 classes [5 hrs or 300 minutes or 4 classes] of this course, you may receive a WU for the course.

If I Miss More than Four Classes Am I Automatically Dropped from the Class?!

If you are a freshman or a sophomore, I am obligated to give you a WU if you miss more than four classes.  This is Baruch Policy; it is not mine, and I cannot negotiate with you. While I have some leeway with juniors and seniors, I tend to stick to this rule.  Even where I make exceptions, having more than 4 unexcused absences will affect your grade.

Please know that while technically you can miss four classes, missing 4 classes is like missing 2 weeks of class, thus four unexcused absences will affect your in-class participation grade.

What if I have to miss more than four classes?

These policies apply to “unexcused” absences.  Some absences are considered “excused” absences.   An excused absence is an absence that occurs as a result of a documented medical emergency (for you or your dependent); death in your immediate family; participation in approved Baruch athletics event; or the observation of religious holy days.  All excused absences must have documentation (i.e. note from doctor or coach) in order for these absences to be marked excused.

If I have excused absences, can I also have an extension on assignments due on those dates?

In regards to absences due to emergency situations, the most important thing is for you to make sure that you and your dependents are safe.  When your situation is better, you should come speak with the professor in order to see what kind of alternative work plans can be made.  Please note that depending on the severity of the emergency, it may be in the student’s best interest to consider withdrawing from the course.

Absences due to athletic or religious participation are not surprises; you should have made arrangements with your professor well before the due date or class time.  All other absences are unexcused.


While emergencies happen, we do not have time for you to be seriously late all the time.  You are tardy when you arrive after I have taken attendance (which could be anywhere between the first 2-15 minutes); no it is not consistent, but it is not unfair as technically if you’re not there when class starts, you are late.

How many times can I be tardy?

Every four times you are tardy, it counts as an unexcused absence.

What do I do if I am tardy?  

If you are late, you must make sure I mark you as Tardy at the end of class. It is not my responsibility to remember that you came in later.

What do if I do if I was tardy, but I forgot to tell you after class?

If I miss you, I will mark you absent.  (If for some reason, you forget to tell me at the end of class that you came late, you have 24 hours to notify me by email.  After 24 hours, you will need to have documented proof that you were in class in order for me to change the absence to a tardy).

What happens if I have too many tardies?

Every four times you are tardy, it counts as an unexcused absence. If you get one unexcused absence this way, it will affect your grade but will not necessarily put you over the line for a WU. If you receive two unexcused absences from tardiness (meaning you’ve been tardy six times), it may result in a WU.