A Hopkins education is based on the exchange of ideas with distinguished faculty in the classroom and elsewhere. Although there are no university regulations concerning attendance, students are expected to attend all courses regularly. Students should consult with their instructors and/or teaching assistants when they have missed classes to explain the reasons for their absence and to stay on track in the course. Instructors are encouraged to establish their own policies regarding attendance, and it is the student's responsibility to know those policies.
In certain courses regular attendance is given special importance. These include foreign language courses and the introductory courses in the Writing Seminars and Expository Writing. Instructors in these courses will lower a student's grade for unexcused absences.
If a student experiences a serious or extended illness that causes the student to miss a significant number of classes or major academic assignments, including mid-term examinations, the student can provide a physician's documentation of the illness to the Dean of Student Life who will notify the student's instructors.
The Health and Wellness Center will not provide documentation for students who miss individual classes. In these cases, students should communicate directly with their instructors.
Students who have significant illnesses that interfere with their ability to meet their academic obligations are encouraged to seek treatment at the Student Health Center and to confer with the appropriate academic advising office, which can assist students facing serious health problems. Students should also notify faculty when they are not able to complete work due to illness. Faculty who see a pattern of absences or late work are encouraged to confer with the student's advising office.
Falsely reporting an illness or injury is a violation of the code of student conduct and is subject to disciplinary action.