Attendance Policy

Howard University School of Law Student Handbook 308 Attendance Policy

308.1 Statement of Policy Regular and punctual attendance is an important part of a student’s legal education. In addition, a student’s participation in class affects other students. As a prospective attorney, a student should develop strong habits of regular attendance. For these reasons, the American Bar Association and the Howard University School of Law require regular and punctual class attendance. In addition, some Bar examiners require the Dean to certify that a student has regularly attended classes before they allow a graduate to sit for a bar examination.

“Regular attendance” in a course means attending at least 85 percent of scheduled classes during the semester. The percentage of absences is intended to account for the range of minor illnesses, family obligations, interviews, and unplanned events that occur.

Clinics and externships may define “regular attendance” as requiring more than 85 percent of scheduled classes if that definition is clearly set forth in the course syllabus.

Absences due to curricular and co-curricular requirements will not be counted if the absence is due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict which neither the professor nor the student controls and the notice requirements set forth below are satisfied. Examples of curricular and co-curricular requirements that might cause the type of conflict to which this provision applies include, inter alia, emergency court appearances, moot court competitions, and mock trial competitions. If an absence is due to a scheduled curricular or co-curricular requirement, then the student must ask the professor of record for the class with the curricular or co-curricular requirement to notify the professor of record for the missed class in writing before the absence. If an absence is due to an unscheduled or emergency curricular or co-curricular requirement, then the student must ask the professor of record for the class with the curricular or co-curricular requirement to notify the professor of record for the missed class in writing within 48 hours of the absence.

Absences due to religious holidays will not be counted if the student notifies the professor(s) before the absence(s) of the student’s intention to miss class because of a religious holiday.

Covid-19 Amendment as of Fall 2021

We are conducting courses fully in-person. There is no remote option to attend classes unless otherwise noted on the Fall 2021 course schedule. Thus, “Attendance” means attending a class in person, except for the following documented circumstances:

  1. (a)  Any student who is not cleared to attend classes via the daily Bison Safe app self- assessment.

    OR

  2. (b)  Any student who, due to significant health concerns due to Covid-related caretaking

    responsibilities of a family member

may be granted permission to
(i) attend class remotely (e.g., via synchronous Zoom) if the professor has made that

option available; or

  1. (ii)  satisfy the attendance requirement by viewing/listening to a class recording; or

  2. (iii)  satisfy the attendance requirement by receiving class notes and assignments from a

    classmate.

The mode of how the material is provided ((i), (ii), or (iii)) is at the discretion of the professor and is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Dean Olivares). Faculty members are not authorized to grant any additional exceptions to the Attendance Policy absent prior written approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

In each of the above circumstances, the student must provide as much advance notice as possible and request for approval to attend in one of the above modes. (The faculty member will determine the mode(s) of alternative attendance.). The student must provide this notice and request to their professor(s) and to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Further, in each of the above circumstances, the student must provide documented evidence to support the request to Dean Olivares. Note that there are no excused absences or a right to an alternative mode of attendance; the request may be denied if not documented or credible; and the request may be limited to a certain time period and/or other conditions. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they provide the necessary documentation and quickly reply to any further inquiry. Dean Olivares or her designee will provide the result of the request to the student and professor.

 

Number of regularly scheduled class days per week

Total number of regularly scheduled class days

15% of the total number of regularly scheduled class days

Minimum number of absences that violate the attendance policy

3

42

6

7

2

29

4

5

1

14

2

3