Per NDSU policy (Section 333), attendance in classes is expected. Only the course instructor can excuse a student from course responsibilities. (The term "course" includes class, laboratory, field trips, group exercises, or other credit-bearing activities.) If class attendance is a component of the course grade, the course instructor must clearly communicate this to the class in the syllabus. Non-attendance does not absolve students from course responsibilities and does not automatically remove courses from student academic records.
The course instructor must inform students on the first day of class and in writing in the syllabus (1) of their policy regarding class absence and (2) policy, if any, for making up missed assignments. It is recognized that sometimes an assignment or examination is impossible to make-up. Although the course instructor should exercise a fair and consistent standard for resolving questions of missed assignments, the type, extent, manner, and time frame of the make-up assignments shall be at the discretion of the instructor.
Students are responsible for informing course instructors of absences. If absences are known (e.g., university sanctioned activity), students must inform course instructors with written notification as far in advance as possible (preferably a two-week notice). Where advance notification is not possible (e.g., illness, family emergency, etc.), students should contact their course instructor as soon as possible about the absence. When a student misses class for any reason, the student is expected to make arrangements with the course instructor to follow the course instructor's policy in making up any missed assignments, if permitted (NDSU Policy, Section 333).