How are various schools approaching attendance?
I was somewhat shocked to find that every course at UToledo passes an attendance sheet around every day. The school rants about the honor system and how we need to act like responsible adults and we have an obligation to attend and do our best and not cheat and report cheating, etc. etc. Yet they institute a grammer-school-like attendance policy that results in automatic failure of a class if you miss a certain number of classes. In particular, Legal Writing is the most harsh with TWO allowed abscenses this semester and only ONE allowed abscense next semester (and no... your sick/skip days don't carry). Seems that I'll be attending class with some very sick people at some point this year because it doesn't seem to be an option to stay home with the flu, pnemonia or strep-throat!
So... how are the other schools handling this subject? Are most as hard-nosed regarding attendance? UToledo appears to attribute (blame) the entire policy on that of the ABA. Noting that regular attendance is prescribed by ABA rules. However, there does seem to be an inconsistant application of that policy. One of my courses allows 5 days missed and another 4, and another only 2. Seems to me that the rule is arbitrary.
Don't get me wrong... I intend to attend the vast majority of my classes. If I'm investing 100K-200K into this venture, I WANT to get something out of it. But, what I anticipate would be a system that doesn't set artificial lines as to the number of days that can be missed. Do we really want to encourage extremely sick people to attend class (and thus spread it to the health ones)? Do we want to discourage students from taking advantage of opportunities to attend "law-related" conferences, interviews, or other out-of-school events? It somehow seems wrong to put such emphasis on attendance as to threaten failure upon a relatively small number of abscenses.