TL;DR: Poor attendance will negatively affect your grade and could constitute class failure.
Attendance will be taken at every class meeting, either orally or with an attendance sheet. If you come in late, it is your responsibility to ask me for the attendance sheet so that you may sign in. If you fail to do so, you are absent.
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Two tardies count as one absence. Merely being in the classroom does not count as attending; you must be prepared and ready to participate. Not having your required materials — especially the daily reading — will count as an absence. I’m very serious about this.
Absences will affect a student’s participation grade in the following way: at the beginning of the term, every student has a perfect attendance grade, or twenty-five (25) points. For each absence after the first, five (5) points are deducted. Students whose absences exceed four (4) may be assigned a failing grade for the course at the discretion of the instructor.
Remember: what counts here is the physical presence of a body with materials in class; excuses will not help this measurable fact at all. It is your responsibility to discover what was missed in class and any assignments. Quizzes and in-class activities cannot be made up for any reason.