Occasionally, however, you may have to miss class. The First-year Writing Program Attendance Policy makes reasonable allowances for such absences. Please review the following information carefully:
- You should not miss more than six class meetings for classes meeting three times a week, or four class meetings for classes meeting twice a week. During Summer I and II terms, you should miss no more than three classes. You are considered absent any time you are not in class—no matter what the reason.
- If you miss more classes, you will receive a course grade of NC (“No Credit”) for excessive absences. Your instructor is required to assign this grade, except in rare cases warranting a policy waiver. However, you may appeal an attendance-related NC grade to the Director of First-year Writing after grades have been submitted.
What You Can Make Up
- Making up missed work does not erase absences. Again, you should strive to attend every class meeting.
- You may make up major-grade work (such as papers or tests) if class was missed due to legitimate circumstances beyond your control (i.e., documented illness or medical emergency; a family funeral; activities at which you officially represent the University of Alabama). If such circumstances should arise, please promptly communicate them to and document them for your instructor.
- You may make up major-grade work missed due to absences for other reasons only with the consent of your instructor.
- You may arrange to turn in major-grade work in advance or online only if allowed by your instructor.
What You Can’t Make Up
- Class discussions, group work, in-class writing, or other daily class work in a writing class cannot be reconstructed. Therefore, daily work missed due to absence or tardiness cannot be made up. Missed daily class work will have a negative impact on your grade!
Papers are graded A through F with pluses and minuses as necessary.
Paper grades can be converted to percentages like this:
A+=98, A=95, A-=92, B+=88, B=85, B-=82, C+=78, C=75, C-=72, D+=68, D=65, D-=62, F=50.
Final numeric grades will be converted to letter grades like this:
100-98=A+; 97-93=A; 92-90=A-; 89-88=B+; 87-83=B; 82-80=B-; 79-78=C+; 77-73=C; 72-70=C-; 69 and below=NC
Missed Exams and Coursework
Individual teachers may also have more specific policies about late assignments. Consult your class syllabus.
The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.
Communication/Class Moves Online In Case of Emergency
In the event of an emergency, your instructor will use Blackboard Learn to provide additional course information.
UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near campus. In general classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa. Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties. These counties may experience weather related problems not encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individuals should follow the advice of the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service and the Emergency Management Agency issue a warning, people in the path of the storm (tornado or severe thunderstorm) should take immediate life saving actions.
When West Alabama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can change rapidly. It is imperative to get to where you can receive information from the National Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided. Personal safety should dictate the actions that faculty, staff and students take. The Office of Public Relations will disseminate the latest information regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:
- Weather advisory posted on the UA homepage
- Weather advisory sent out through Connect-ED–faculty, staff and students (sign up at myBama)
- Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA at 90.7 FM
- Weather advisory broadcast over Alabama Public Radio (WUAL) at 91.5 FM
- Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA 7. WVUA 7 Storm Watch provides a free service you can subscribe to that allows you to receive weather warnings for Tuscaloosa via e-mail, pager or cell phone. Check http://www.wvua7.com/stormwatch.html for details.
- If you are assigned a grade of NC and you don’t understand why, first speak to your instructor for an explanation of why you earned this grade.
- After that, if you feel there are extenuating circumstances, you may appeal to the First-Year Writing Director (Dr. Luke Niiler, email@example.com).
- All appeals must be made after final grades are submitted. No appeals will be heard until this time.
- To appeal your grade, contact the Director of First-Year Writing with a written explanation of the extenuating circumstances that you believe warrant a grade change. You should be prepared to provide any necessary evidence such as doctor’s notes, and so on.
- Appeals should be made in a timely fashion, ideally within two weeks of the posting of final grades.