TMU CLASS ABSENCE POLICY
No faculty member is required to take class attendance in his/her course or to use class attendance as a factor in student
grading. If a faculty member uses attendance as a factor of his/her class grading policy, he/she must allow at least the
following number of excused absences with no negative grade effect:
5 absences in a 3-session/week class
4 absences in a 2-session/week class
2 absences in a 1-session/week class
Excused absences include unavoidable circumstances beyond the control of the student, significant illness, and
University-sponsored travel to represent TMU (e.g. intercollegiate athletic events and musical group performances).
Faculty members may, but are not required to, make any allowances for unexcused absences. Faculty members are
required to allow students to complete grade-related in-class work (e.g. assignments, quizzes, tests) for excused class
absences. Faculty members may but are NOT required to allow students to complete grade-related in-class work for
unexcused absences. For scheduled excused absences (e.g. University-sponsored travel), the faculty member may require
grade-related in-class work to be submitted prior to the absence. For unexpected excused absences, the faculty member
must allow the student a reasonable time to complete and submit the missed work. Faculty members may institute a
grade effect for excused absences beyond the minimum.
When students are admitted to the University, an academic advisor is assigned to assist them in planning their program
of courses. Student orientation is provided at the beginning of the year for general information, and academic advisors
assist students prior to each registration. Students are encouraged to maintain close contact with their advisor in order
to plan their university program properly. Students on academic probation receive special advising and must enroll in
courses designed to help them meet the academic demands of university life.
Although the University seeks to provide students the assistance that they need in their academic career through
academic advisement, final responsibility for meeting all program, residence and graduation requirements rests with the
students. One of the most important tools is this catalog. Students should become thoroughly familiar with the catalog
in order to keep up with their own records and to make certain that they are meeting graduation requirements, including
general education courses and grade point average. The academic requirements of the catalog under which a student
enters become the student’s academic contract. Academic requirements may be lowered but never raised under a
particular catalog. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain possession of this catalog for future reference.
Students entering on academic probation are limited to 15 units per semester. They must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00
at the end of the semester to be removed from probation. All students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 will be
placed on academic probation for one semester. If their cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 at the end of that semester,
they will be subject to academic disqualification. A student subject to academic disqualification may appeal by submitting
a letter to the Senior Vice President and Provost stating why he/she should not be disqualified. The student’s request
will then be reviewed by the Senior Vice President and Provost for a final decision.
The procedure for readmission of an academically disqualified student includes:
A minimum of one semester of academic suspension
Attendance at another accredited institution and achievement of a 2.50 cumulative GPA on a minimum of 12
semester units of transferable coursework with no course grade lower than a “C”
Review of the student’s application for readmission by the Admissions Committee.
If the student’s readmission is approved, the student will be placed on academic monitoring/probation and will be
required to meet regularly with the academic counselor during the semester. The student will have that semester to