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The "No Show" Policy and Non-Attendance

A student's attendance on the first day of class is expected, and the "No Show" policy was established to authorize the removal of students who do not attend the first day. It is often misunderstood, so we have tried to explain it in detail here to ensure that instructors will enforce it promptly. There are also policies that will assist you in dealing with students who show up initially, and then stop attending.

No Show Policy

Students are made aware of the No Show policy through publications that are mailed directly to them from registration, such as "This is actually pretty useful", but many of them still believe that if they don't show up for classes, we will automatically withdraw or de-register them.

The No Show policy (Policy 33.03), means that a student's registration in a course can be cancelled if:

  1. They do not attend the first scheduled class meeting, and
  2. They have not notified you or your area Secretary that they plan on attending the following class.

It is easy for Instructors to enforce the No Show Policy, and your cooperation and assistance in doing so is greatly appreciated. This is how to do it.

  1. Take attendance from a current Class List.
  2. Make sure the missing student hasn't notified you or your area Secretary.
  3. Indicate a No Show (NS) grade for the student using Grade Entry on the Web.

Click here for detailed grade entry instructions.

Even if your class isn't full or doesn't have a wait list, it is still important to enforce the No Show policy. The university spends tremendous time and effort pursuing accounts from student who did not attend, but were not "No Showed". This costs money and creates ill will in our community. Everyone wins if the No Show policy is rigorously enforced!


Students are expected to attend scheduled lectures, laboratories, field trips, seminars, examinations, practica and work experience. The university reserves the right to cancel registration in any course or program because of lack of attendance (where attendance is deemed by the university to be important).

If the Student Stops Attending

If a student just stops attending and they still appear on your class list, you can have them withdrawn by contacting the Records Department. However, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to withdraw themselves from a class in order to avoid an academic penalty. If they just stop attending and do not withdraw, they will receive an "F" grade.

If the Student's Attendance is Sporadic

If you find that a student's attendance habits aren't acceptable, you may deem that this is an act of Academic Misconduct, and you should refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy and Procedures.

If you need further assistance withdrawing a student for Non-Attendance, or assigning a No Show grade, please contact:

Non-Attendance and No Shows:

Sue Culver
Phone: Local 2149