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2015-2016 ULM Student Policy Manual 
2015-2016 ULM Student Policy Manual [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Online Attendance Policy

The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) believes that students must attend class if they are to be well prepared for the workplace. Online courses are no different from traditional classroom courses in this regard. Online students are subject to the same attendance policy and procedures as traditional students. However, participation is defined in a different manner.

Student attendance in online courses is defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. Online courses will, at a minimum, have weekly mechanisms for student participation no more frequently than daily, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods:

  • Completion of tests or quizzes
  • Discussion forums
  • Submission/completion of assignments
  • Communication with the instructor
  • Or other course participation

Having these weekly mechanisms in place requires that students attend class each week or as specified in the syllabus. Students are required to log in to each online course by the second day during the week in which the course officially begins, or the day enrolled during late registration to complete the initial introductory postings required in the course. Students must log in at least one additional day during the first week of the course. Students must log in on two separate days each subsequent week of the course to meet attendance requirements or as specified in the syllabus. As a component of attendance email announcements and course news forum(s) should be checked frequently (daily is recommended). The student is solely responsible for checking updates related to the course. Note: Nonattendance may affect financial aid. If a student fails to meet these attendance requirements for one week of the course, he or she will be given an absence for that week. Students are required attendance of at least 75% in a course as stated in the Student Policy Manual. If a student fails to meet the attendance requirements, he or she may be recommended for withdrawal from the course. In the case of an anticipated absence, such as military deployment, a student should contact the instructor in advance and make arrangements to complete the required assignments. In case of an emergency (illness/accident or death in family), a student should contact the instructor as soon as possible providing documentation supporting the need for any late submission of a graded event.