A full-time undergraduate student carries from 12-18 semester hours of credit in both fall and spring semesters. Credits in excess of 18 require the approval of the appropriate dean, who will base the decision on such factors as grades, distribution of courses, extracurricular activities, outside employment of the student. A maximum of six semester hours can be taken in a summer session.
Marywood University affirms all learning experiences that lead to responsible self-direction on the part of students. The purpose of attendance regulations is to support each student in sharing the exchange of ideas that occurs only within the classroom. Therefore Marywood encourages all students to attend class regularly and urges all professors to establish attendance and participation requirements for each course they teach.
Course attendance requirements will be clearly specified and communicated to the students in the course syllabus. Abuses of attendance policies will be referred to the appropriate department chair and dean.
In order to have a more holistic university experience, undergraduate students may have one hour, technically 50 minutes, of excused absence per credit of each course taken or one entire lab session to participate in important departmental or University sponsored events. This means students within specified guidelines should have an opportunity to make up missed exams given during their excused absences without penalty. Arrangements should also be made so that students will not be penalized for unannounced quizzes and other in-class assignments given during their excused absences. Events such as post season competitions may exceed minimum excused absence hours.
It is the student’s responsibility to pursue the instructor to make arrangements for all make-up work.
It is the faculty member’s prerogative to allow for additional absences for other reasons such as illness, death in family, etc. Unless otherwise clearly specified, the student will be expected to assume that s/he will not be allowed more than the absences protected by this policy.
If the student does not have at least a C average at the time of the class immediately prior to the excused absence event, the professor has the prerogative of not excusing the absence.