At Northwest Nazarene University, class attendance is considered both valuable and important, and students are urged to honor this opportunity. A strong positive correlation exists between class attendance and academic performance. The University also recognizes the value of activities beyond the classroom, and that they may conflict with classes. Therefore, at this university:
- Students are responsible to create, with help from their advisors, academic schedules consistent with their other activities.
- Students are responsible to make arrangements with their instructors in advance of planned absences to insure that they understand how they should submit required work and acquire information from the classes missed.
- University personnel responsible for activities that require students to miss class must advise students about the priority of the academic program. They should model this priority by providing advance notice about activities that conflict with class to the broader campus community and to their immediate supervisor.
- The attendance policy for any specific class rests with the instructor. Individual course attendance policy and expectations must be stated in all syllabi. If the instructor determines that attendance directly affects the studentís grade, accurate attendance records must be kept.
- Instructors and students are encouraged to find reasonable, mutually acceptable resolutions of conflicts and difficulties brought about by absences. Student appeals regarding attendance follow the general undergraduate academic appeal procedure.