Absences can be excused with appropriate documentation
Lecture absences will be excused (according to Duke policy) due to incapacitating illness or injury (STINF form required), personal emergencies (dean’s excuse required) and university-required quarantine (STINF required), religious observances (must clear in advance), university athletic obligations (NOVAP required), and required court or legal appearances (must clear in advance). Absences due to other academic obligations will also be considered.
Below, find answers to each of the following:
What if I have to miss lecture?
Lectures are recorded and will be provided to students who miss class due to excused reasons.
Please email email@example.com and submit appropriate documentation within 48 hours of the missed class to excuse a lecture absence. For an absence to be marked 'excused,' students must both (1) provide appropriate documentation and (2) fill out our excused absence form for lectures. (Please note that the excused absence form is only for lectures, not for any other missed work. Also note that this excused absence form requires a google account login to complete. If that presents a problem for you for any reason, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.) Only students who do both will have their absence excused and receive lecture videos.
Students MAY miss up to 3 lectures for unexcused personal reasons (e.g., personal travel, job interviews, unexpected life stuff, wanting to work on other classwork, being late and missing the attendance check, etc.) and still be allowed to treat the final as optional. This policy is designed to grant flexibility so that students can prioritize other goals when necessary and don’t have to feel overly anxious about attendance. Please note that any absence that does not fall under Duke’s excused absence policy will be formally treated as "unexcused" (no exceptions) and lecture videos will not be made available for unexcused absences. If students miss more than 3 lectures for unexcused reasons, there is no penalty, they just cannot treat the final exam as "optional" and it will be required as part of their grade.
What if I have to miss section?
Section attendance is an essential part of your learning in this course and directly affects your grade. If you miss a section, you must alert your Teaching Fellow (TF) within 48 hours to request to attend another section that same week or complete a make-up assignment. Excused absences (see previous section) may be made up for full attendance points and require appropriate documentation. Unexcused absences may be made up for partial credit. In recognition that “life happens,” we will grant one excused absence for students to use for ANY reason, provided you discuss the absence with your TF and agree to make up missed work. More details on Trinity attendance policies are available here.
What if I have to miss an exam?
If you are unable to attend an exam due to an excused reason, please submit appropriate documentation and contact the instructors within 48 hours to discuss your missed work. More than one STINF used for an exam in this course must be accompanied by a note from your academic dean. See the Research and Writing Project guidelines for specific policies regarding using STINF forms for phases of the course project.
When scheduling makeup exams, we take care to schedule a time that is fair both to the student requesting the makeup and to the rest of the class who attended the exam at the original time. To be as fair as possible to all students, we aim to schedule makeup exams for the earliest possible date that the student can reasonably complete the exam, up to 4 days maximum after the original exam date but ideally sooner.
What if I have to miss an assignment deadline?
A Special Note for Duke Athletes and other students who represent Duke:
If a valid university obligation/event/competition requires you to miss class or an exam, please include email@example.com in your NOVAP form or have your advisor/director/coach email this address. If you will miss an exam, we require at least 1 week notice to arrange an alternative exam for you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with scheduling alternative exams.