Attendance, Policies, Resources


University Attendance Policy: A student enrolled in a course (lecture, laboratory, recitation, colloquium, seminar, or other university approved format) is expected to attend every scheduled session of the course. The instructor of each course will make known to the students the course attendance policy with respect to student absences. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of this policy. Theinstructor makes the final decision to excuse or not to excuse an absence.

Presence or participation is also expected in online courses. Participation in online courses cantake various forms; it is the instructor who determines what form of presence or participation is expected. Students enrolled in online courses are responsible for being aware of that policy/expectation. An instructor is entitled to give a failing grade for excessive absences or for a student who stops participating in class at some point during the semester.

The Writing Program has an attendance and participation policy for all courses. Because learning to write depends upon collaboration and exchange of ideas with other writers, missing or coming unprepared to more than four class meetings (MWF), three class meetings (MW or TR), or two class meetings (once per week courses) may jeopardize a student’s status in the course. Attendance in this course is mandatory. After three missed classes, your final grade will drop down a whole grade for each absence (a “B” becomes a “C”; a “C“ becomes “No Credit”). Because you have three “free” absences, there are no excused absences (save your “free” absences for emergencies). Please set up a time to meet with me about any attendance issues at any time during the semester.

You need a C- or better in this course to obtain the required credit. If your final grade is less than C- you will receive NC (“No Credit”) for this class and will have to take it again in the future. University policy allows students to take a course a maximum of three times. A student must pass both COMP 105 and 106 (or their equivalents) in order to graduate. UM-Dearborn’s official attendance policy states that, “a student is expected to attend every class and laboratory for which he or she has registered … An instructor is entitled to give a failing grade (E) for excessive absences or an Unofficial Drop (UE) for a student who stops attending class at some point during the semester.”

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity: Writing students are required to cite sources according to academic conventions and to understand the institutional definition of plagiarism. Academic misconduct, including plagiarism, is subject to disciplinary action, according to the UM-D Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct ( The University considers plagiarism a violation of policy and a serious ethical breach. Plagiarism is defined as “submitting as one’s own any work which, in part or whole, is not entirely one’s own work without properly attributing it to its correct source.” Sanctions may include failing the course and possible expulsion. Plagiarism encompasses both deliberate cheating as well as failure to cite sources properly. In this and other classes, never download a paper from an online paper mill, have someone else do work for you, copy and paste passages from articles into your own writing, or use anybody else’s words or ideas without attribution.

Writing Center: The Writing Center provides support for all UM-Dearborn students wishing to improve their writing. Students needing regular one-on-one help in developing basic writing skills, as well as more advanced students wishing to improve their writing, will find the center useful. The center is located in 3035 CB with smaller satellites on the second floor of Mardigian Library and Fairlane Center North 138. The center tries to accommodate walk-ins but prefers students make appointments online at

Disability Resources: The University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Students need to register with Disability Resource Services (DRS) every semester they are enrolled for classes. DRS is located in Counseling & Support Services, 2157 UC ( To be assured of having services when they are needed, students should register no later than the end of the add/drop deadline of each term.

Safety:  All students are encouraged to program 911 and UM-Dearborn’s University Police phone number (313) 593-5333 into personal cell phones. In case of emergency, first dial 911 and then if the situation allows call University Police.

The Emergency Alert Notification (EAN) system is the official process for notifying the campus community for emergency events. All students are strongly encouraged to register in the campus EAN, for communications during an emergency. The following link includes information on registering as well as safety and emergency procedures information:

If you hear a fire alarm, class will be immediately suspended, and you must evacuate the building by using the nearest exit. Please proceed outdoors to the assembly area and away from the building. Do not use elevators. It is highly recommended that you do not head to your vehicle or leave campus since it is necessary to account for all persons and to ensure that first responders can access the campus.

If the class is notified of a shelter-in-place requirement for a tornado warning or severe weather warning, your instructor will suspend class and shelter the class in the lowest level of this building away from windows and doors.

If notified of an active threat (shooter) you will Run (get out), Hide (find a safe place to stay) or Fight (with anything available). Your response will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter.

Harassment, Sexual Violence, Bias, and Discrimination: The University of Michigan – Dearborn recognizes that students have a right to study in a safe atmosphere free of sexual violence, harassment, bias and discrimination. Should you wish to report an incident of sexual assault, harassment, bias and discrimination, visit