PHYS 102 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Attendance Policy

Section Attendance

Students are expected to attend the laboratory and discussion section in which they are registered. Section swapping is not allowed.

Remote Attendance

This semester we are supporting several fully-remote students; additionally we are implementing a course policy that permits remote attendance for students who are experiencing symptoms of any illness, who are in quarantine, or who otherwise have a situation where it is not safe for them to come to the classroom but feel well enough to participate. If you think you are sick (even if it's not Covid) please stay home.

If you are a fully remote student you will "attend" class through Zoom and Teams; you will not need to make special arrangements.

If you are an in-person student and need to attend discussion or lab remotely, you must contact the instructor of your discussion or lab section prior to the start time of the class to be able to participate.


Please be on time for all sections/exams.

Credit for Participation in Lab and Discussion

Student active participation is required to receive credit for your group assignments in lab and discussion.  

Active participation for remote attendance includes both participating in the lab or discussion video conference:

 and completing required written work on each group assignment.

It must be clear to discussion or lab instructor that you have been an active participant in each group activity.

If it is unclear through both your written work, and your instructor's observations of your interactions during the video conference, you may be marked ABS for an assignment.


Types of Absence

Two types of absence can be recorded in the gradebook:

The only course components eligible to be issued a grade of EX:

The consequences of absences, excused or otherwise, are discussed in the course grading policy.

Excused Absences

Excused absences will be granted and documented in accordance with University policy as described in Article 1, Part 5 Class Attendance, of the Student Code.

Excused absences fall into the following categories as defined by the code:


The Excused Absences application will guide students through the procedure for documenting missed classes, including the effects of the absence on students' grades.

Final Exams

Failing to show up for a final exam will result in an AB grade resulting in failure (F) for the course.

In accordance with University policy as described in Article 3, Part 1 Grades and Grading Systems of the Student Code, only an authorized member of the Dean's Office of the student's college can change an AB final exam grade to an EX.

University policy will apply for EX grades so granted, as described in Article 3, Part 2 Examinations of the Student Code.

Course Completion and Irregular Attendance

In compliance with the Student Code, the instructor of this course determines the amount of coursework which must be completed to pass. Attendance is required to meet the requirements.

Discussion: You are allowed a maximum of three (3) excused absences in discussion.

Labs: You can have 1 EX lab grade, after which any completely missed labs will be marked ABS.  You will be given the opportunity to make up 1 ABS lab grade during the last full week of classes (the week after fall break); details about make ups will be provided then.  

To see how EXs will affect your grade calculation at the end of the semester, be sure to review the course grading page.

If you receive more than four absences in discussion or labs, your conduct will be considered irregular attendance and the Dean of your college will be notified in compliance with Article 1, Part 5, Section 501, item (g) and (h) and Article 3, Part 3, Section 3-312 of the Student Code.