General Absences

Valid Reasons for Absence

These policies on absences are issued by the Provost of SMU.

Unexcused Absences

Unexcused absence means missing a class without an acceptable reason. We have 25 regular class meetings, 12 labs and 4 tests (including makeup) during the term. You get 6 unexcused absences for the term. That's being generous (other departments give you 3!). Six is one fourth of the classes. Experience shows that those who miss a lot of classes do not do well. What happens on the seventh unexcused absence depends on whether we have passed final drop deadline. If not, I will drop you; if so, a grade of F will be assigned. Use those absences wisely.