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snopes 12 April 2013 07:18 AM

Fifteen-minute late professor policy is a myth
 
There you are, sitting in a classroom with a few classmates. Class was supposed to start five minutes ago, but the professor hasnít shown up yet. Usually, someone remarks that thereís ten minutes left before everyone can leave. Someone else gets an attendance sheet started. If you sign it, they say, the professor will know everyone was in class, and nobody will be docked for attendance.

http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/fifteen...myth-1.3023507

Wolf333 12 April 2013 09:45 AM

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ďIf Iím [teaching] an hour and a half class and I show up after 15 minutes [to an empty class], I donít think Iíd be very happy if it were an important day or exam,Ē Nenon said. ďThe expectation is that professors are supposed to be there at the same time as students. Normally, they will find someone to let you know whatís going on [if they are running late].Ē
Yeah, If I pay for a class that starts at 1030, I do kind of expect the professor to be there at 1030. Since, I don't know... I am paying them to be there (indirectly).

And here is a crazy idea... if you teach an hour and a half class and it's an important day or an exam... don't show up late.

Luckily, most of my professors/teachers/instructors have been very good about this.

crocoduck_hunter 12 April 2013 05:35 PM

These days, most professors (like everyone else) have enough ways to keep in touch that if they're going to be 10 or 15 minutes late to a class they can usually get a message to the department secretary or another professor who'll put a note on the door for them.

Hero_Mike 12 April 2013 09:36 PM

In my program, professors were not allowed to take attendance in any engineering class. The rationale was that students were able to miss class at any time for any number of legitimate reasons - the most common legitimate reason being that we were in an interview for our work terms, which alternated work terms and school terms. Non-engineering classes didn't have these rules, and when we took other classes as electives, we had to follow those rules.

Back in the 1970's and into the early 80's, Ontario had a 5th year of high school - Grade 13 - which was intended only for students going on to higher education, especially to university. Students would typically be 18 or turning 18 that year. For most of those years, there was an entire school devoted to this Grade 13 program, and the story from students of that era was that the class was cancelled (or attendance would not be taken) if the teacher was more than 10 minutes late. In any case, students were free to leave if that happened - only fair if they are adults.

Latiam 12 April 2013 10:32 PM

I remember being in OAC (Grade 13) English. Now this was a bit different, as we were in a self-paced school so we all had work to do. The teacher didn't show up. Most of us got down to work - a few might have left. We were in one room that was connected to another room by one of those enormous doorways that are almost the whole wall, and the teacher from there came over to ask our teacher a question. He asked us where he was and we shrugged and said he hadn't shown up. Some of the students left at that point. The teacher came back with an attendance sheet and anyone who wasn't there was given an "unexplained absence." Some of them complained vociferously because they had been there five minutes earlier, but they did leave, and the UA stayed.
I don't remember how many people were 18. I was older than that and found attendance a bit of a joke. One of my excuse slips for being late was written on the back of an inter-office memo and when I was called in to explain a few absences
I said, "I don't remember whether my doctor's appointment was the 5th or the 11th..." and she said, "Oh, I'll just erase both then." If the principal had known what the secretaries were doing I think she would have flipped. They liked me and she didn't.

Nana M 13 April 2013 02:20 AM

I have a doctoral degree and never, not in any class at the University level, was attendance taken. The attitude was that it was up to you to take advantage of the instruction offered or, conversely, to fail a course. If a professor didn't show up, most of us would head to the library to work on essays or projects and someone would leave a note on the board. It didn't happen often, but it did happen.

Latiam 13 April 2013 07:22 AM

At the university where I got my first Bachelor's they would leave a neon pink sign on the door cancelling the class. Unfortunately there were usually at least two doors and they only ever put it on one...and my favourite was me frittering away 3 hours between classes and then going up to the room...cancelled. Anyway you'd hang around for a bit and then if no one showed up you'd go check the other door to see if there was a pink sign on it.
They didn't formally take attendance but as you got into the higher years where the classes were much smaller they usually knew who was there and who wasn't.
I found that attending the very last class before final exams was a good strategy - less than half the class would be there and the prof would drop very broad hints about the exam.
One of my classes was a tape - you would go into a room and at a certain time the secretary would press play and it would be broadcast into all the rooms. You could also go to the library and watch it yourself on a teeny TV. I liked this better, because I could pause it where I wanted to add to our notes. I went every week just like a normal class. The last week I showed up and there was an hour waiting list because people were watching the entire semester in one week. The girl knew me and snuck me into a back room so I could watch the final two - later in the week would have been even crazier. She didn't think I should have to wait because of everyone else's (everyone else there) poor planning when I had been showing up every week like clockwork. I really appreciated that and still remember it. The next term I just finished a week early and spent that week rewriting my notes.

Die Capacitrix 13 April 2013 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Nana M (Post 1728786)
I have a doctoral degree and never, not in any class at the University level, was attendance taken. The attitude was that it was up to you to take advantage of the instruction offered or, conversely, to fail a course.

This was the attitude of most of my professors and I can remember one professor ranting about it when 1/3 of the class didn't show up for a lab just before Thanksgiving break.

In four years of college I had one professor for one course who took daily attendance. He also sometimes forgot where he was, at least that's the only reason I could think of for him for starting a sentence with, "Here at big-public-school" when were were actually at a small private college.

I was then, and am still, much more impressed by the ranting professor who seemed a lot more interested in the students actually learning.

crocoduck_hunter 13 April 2013 10:28 AM

Of the classes I've been taking, attendance is rarely mandatory: some classes have a great deal of class participation as part of the grade or have frequent micro-quizzes, so ditching class is rarely a good idea. Plus, a lot of my professors tend to have stuff in their lectures that isn't necessarily in the book, so missing class means that you're likely to miss something that you'll be tested on.

Hero_Mike 13 April 2013 08:51 PM

We had classes with quizzes and even "problems labs" - where we got a sheet of problems we had to work on during the 2-hour session - but only in first year. The quizzes were very easy, and while the problems lab required everyone to submit answers, we were allowed and even encouraged to collaborate. And you only had to attend 80% of these and still get full credit (i.e. only the best 8 of 10 marks were considered).

These sessions weren't about attendance or even a good measure of learning - it was meant to teach us how to collaborate and to encourage good study habits. Now you'd think that people who were high-achieving high-school graduates wouldn't need this, but the attitude of some students was strange. In residence I had friends studying math or computer science, and their courses had both a weekly quiz, and a weekly assignment. The quiz was, as expected, really easy, so showing up got you most of the grade. The assignment required work, but people collaborated and even freely copied from other people. But some chose to dismiss both the quiz and assignment. Wouldn't even take the time to copy the assignment. Each was worth 10% of the grade, so just to pass the course, they needed to get 50/80 on the two exams. Had they made the effort to get even 80% on the assignment and quiz, then they only need 34/80 to pass the course. No wonder these guys dropped out after 2 years of this. The big surprises for me were that these guys were really high achievers in high school, and just stopped caring about their grades or even passing. University was a big social event and little more. Attendance could have been taken, but it still wouldn't be enough to make them care.

hoitoider 15 April 2013 03:08 PM

I remember first day of first year of architecture school. The freshman lab was from 8:00 AM to noon. At 7:55 or so everyone was at their desks. At 8:00 when no professors were present everyone kind of looked around at each other. 8:05, 8:10, then professors started showing up. Next day it was the same thing. Then by the second week we got a clue and started showing up around 8:10. Nothing to do with laziness, as the second year lab started precisely at 1:00 as scheduled. We just learned architects tend to be night owls, and when you're up to 2:00 AM working on a project 8:00 AM comes up pretty quick.

Gibbie 15 April 2013 03:32 PM

Not sure if it's just a change of times or where I'm studying, but attendance is taken in each class. It's something that's required by the University. Some professors have attendance points that are tied to it, some call them participation points but all of them are required to report attendance. If you miss too many you can be unenrolled from the class. Most professors also have a grade policy where after you miss so many your letter grade starts to drop. Again, get too low and the university can remove you from the class.

Gibbie

Brad from Georgia 15 April 2013 03:51 PM

It's a myth on our campus, as I tell my students. Teachers here do try to be on time, but now and then emergencies arise. In any case, we get word to the students either to wait or to leave, depending on the circumstances.

Xia 21 April 2013 12:33 AM

I'm in grad school and I've had professors take attendance before for every session (usually once they knew everyone's name they no longer called out names but still checked off who was there). Also classes that had on the syllabus that attendance is mandatory but where they did not take it, at least that I noticed but participation was part of the grade and if you weren't there you obviously weren't participating. I've also had classes in undergrad that had a sign in sheet that went around as proof of attendance, or had a one question quiz in the first 10 minutes of each class.

Usually if a professor doesn't show up, someone will go check their office and if they can't find them, maybe check with the department office for what to do.

Mickey Blue 24 April 2013 05:05 PM

Personally I think there should be some appropriate amount of time where you can leave without reprisal if your instructor isn't showing up and other means of finding out where they are are either not available or fail). For example I had a chemistry lab that was rolled up into one of my chem classes that was, in total, three hours long. Should I be forced to sit there in class those three hours just in case he showed up in the last ten minutes and took role (unlikely but not technically impossible)?

I'm not saying I know how long it should be (I imagine it depends on the length of the class) but if X minutes pass without either your professor showing up or something else giving you some kind of information (like they are running late, please read pages X, Y and Z) than you should be able to leave without any possible repercussion. Honestly the fact that this 'rule' seems so reasonable is no doubt why it's been around for so long.


As to the issue of attendance; personally I think that once you get to college you should be treated as an adult and attendance should be ignored. You can either show up or not and your grade may reflect that decision but you aren't a child anymore and you shouldn't be treated as one. Unfortunately that is not the case for most of the classes I've taken, however in most of those cases I think it was an issue of it being a school policy rather than the teacher just wanting to do so.

Cervus 24 April 2013 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Mickey Blue (Post 1731559)
As to the issue of attendance; personally I think that once you get to college you should be treated as an adult

/slight hijack

That was one of the reasons I refused to live on campus in a dorm. The rules and restrictions were ridiculous. I was an adult, not a child at summer camp or a prisoner in a cell. Living in a dorm would have given me far less personal freedom than living with my parents.

Mateus 24 April 2013 09:03 PM

It's not a rule, but there are exceptions to the non-rule. There is one college I work with whose Student Handbook contains this statement:

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If an instructor is not able to meet the class at the scheduled time and prior notice has not been given, the class may leave after ten minutes past the scheduled beginning time.

crocoduck_hunter 24 April 2013 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Cervus (Post 1731581)
/slight hijack

That was one of the reasons I refused to live on campus in a dorm. The rules and restrictions were ridiculous. I was an adult, not a child at summer camp or a prisoner in a cell. Living in a dorm would have given me far less personal freedom than living with my parents.

While my Residence Hall* is less restrictive in what's allowed, not to mention better maintained and possessing far better security, than my last apartment despite being of a similar monthly rent.

*It's not a dorm, don't call it a dorm, especially don't call it a dorm within earshot of the Housing director like I did- she'll make sure you don't forget! :eek:

Sue 24 April 2013 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Cervus (Post 1731581)
/slight hijack

That was one of the reasons I refused to live on campus in a dorm. The rules and restrictions were ridiculous. I was an adult, not a child at summer camp or a prisoner in a cell. Living in a dorm would have given me far less personal freedom than living with my parents.

Must vary from institution to institution, the residence hall at the university my daughter attended had no rules other than the common sense rules you would expect to find in any establishment that provides room and board for hundreds of people. That was one reason that she transferred to a university where she could live at home. Home was way quieter and, oddly, free of party animals :).

smittykins 25 April 2013 02:38 PM

Two days before Thanksgiving break, my sociology professer made it clear that the next day was a regular class day and we were expected to be there, yadda yadda yadda. Next day, we were all there. He wasn't.(There had been a snowstorm and he couldn't get out of his driveway.)

Mickey Blue 26 April 2013 02:25 AM

Yea as for dorms mine was pretty free aside from, as you say, common sense rules (like how much noise you can make particularly at night or during exams), common area rules, etc. You could even drink in them if you were of age, though you had to keep the door shut.

I think the freshman dorm may have had a few more rules but even they weren't too bad.

crocoduck_hunter 26 April 2013 07:46 AM

My school isn't big enough to have res halls devoted to specific classes- the closest it gets is that you can, if you sign up for a room, request that it be designated a 21+ room so you won't be sharing the room with anyone younger.

Weehawk 12 May 2013 11:19 PM

I went to a large university in Texas. They were supposed to take roll the first several class sessions because the official policy was to automatically drop anyone from the class that did not show the first week or two (don't remember the exact number). Some teachers weren't even diligent about that. In any case, after that no one cared if you showed up or not.

If the teacher didn't show up, the unwritten rule was that, as a courtesy, we would wait 10 minutes for a grad student, 15 for a professor, before leaving.

Mimi 07 June 2013 07:55 AM

I am attending Western Illinois University. It was recently (sometime in the last few years) made a rule that all professors must take attendance for every class period. Students are allowed to have three unexcused absences before it impacts their grade. I *think* it has something to do with federal or state funding, but I'm not sure.

fitz1980 07 June 2013 02:03 PM

When I was in college several classes were required by the departments to take attendance & usually there was a rule that if you missed X number of classes it would negatively impact your grade. It seemed most common in arts based classes. I majored in film so I took quite a few.

I think part of that was rooted in the belief that many students (who take arts classes as an elective, rather than part of their major) that arts based classes are BS courses that they should be able to sleepwalk through. Unlike their "real classes" such as math and science. Department heads don't really like their life's work being trivialized like that, so they make such policies.

TudorGothicSerpent 21 June 2013 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by fitz1980 (Post 1742582)
When I was in college several classes were required by the departments to take attendance & usually there was a rule that if you missed X number of classes it would negatively impact your grade. It seemed most common in arts based classes. I majored in film so I took quite a few.

I think part of that was rooted in the belief that many students (who take arts classes as an elective, rather than part of their major) that arts based classes are BS courses that they should be able to sleepwalk through. Unlike their "real classes" such as math and science. Department heads don't really like their life's work being trivialized like that, so they make such policies.

In my experience in undergrad., classes that didn't take attendance were generally the exception rather than the rule. Every math course I've attended in college (calc. I, calc. II, and statistics) had a requirement that students show up on time, as did business classes. Science classes often didn't, except in the labs, but that was because they tended to be enormous lectures with 50-100 students (even at the 3000 level, probably because my school was relatively small and didn't have too many teachers to spare).

As far as teachers allowing you to be 15 minutes late without it counting against you, I think some did and some didn't. There was no university-wide policy on attendance, so obviously there was no university-wide policy allowing you to miss if the instructor was more than 15 minutes late. I would imagine that's why this one is a myth.

Also, a side note on the dorm discussion, our dorm rules weren't horribly restrictive, but some of them were bizarre. We were barred, in the housing contract, from elevator surfing, and from bringing motorcycles into the building (this was at Appalachian State University, and it is seriously there; I learned that after reading through the contract).

Elkhound 17 January 2014 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by TudorGothicSerpent (Post 1746436)
Also, a side note on the dorm discussion, our dorm rules weren't horribly restrictive, but some of them were bizarre. We were barred, in the housing contract, from elevator surfing, and from bringing motorcycles into the building (this was at Appalachian State University, and it is seriously there; I learned that after reading through the contract).

Probably put in because at some point some idiot did both those things.

Ellestar 17 January 2014 04:54 PM

For me, a professor, coming to class on time is necessary to show respect to the students in my classes. If I was ever scared of being late (once when my alternator went kaput on the way to school), I call someone in the department to let them know. Luckily, with the car issue, I was coming in to office hours, so they were able to replace my alternator and I was able to make it to class on time. But you better believe I was on the phone to the departmental coordinator about the possibility of being late/cancelling class.

I don't know how long my students would wait for me if I was late to class. I certainly wouldn't penalize them for leaving if I showed up late.

I always take attendance in my classes. I use attendance as extra credit. Students do not get marked as present if they are more than 15 minutes late to class. I use it to encourage students to come to class. They're adults and don't have to come, but most benefit from hearing the lecture and discussion as well. Also, if a student drops or fails the class, my university requires us to state the last date they attended.

In my grad classes, I also take attendance and it IS a part of their final grade because in topics I cover, we need to go beyond the readings into critical discussion of the readings so that I can be sure that higher learning is actually taking place. Students also benefit from hearing the lived experiences from their fellow classmates, I find.

violetbon 01 February 2014 07:15 PM

I don't see why it should matter if it is a college student, grad assist
ant, or PHD instructor. Telling time is taught in 2nd grade. There are consequences for being late. If you are a student, it's missing part of class. If you're an instructor, it's having your students leave.

mobocracy 24 February 2014 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Nana M (Post 1728786)
I have a doctoral degree and never, not in any class at the University level, was attendance taken. The attitude was that it was up to you to take advantage of the instruction offered or, conversely, to fail a course. If a professor didn't show up, most of us would head to the library to work on essays or projects and someone would leave a note on the board. It didn't happen often, but it did happen.

I don't have a doctoral degree, only a lowly BA from a huge state University, but in the late 1980s I can't remember a class that had any kind of attendance.

A fair number were held in large, theater-size lecture halls where attendance would have taken more time than the class was allotted. Some small group settings like labs or Tuesday-and-Thursday small sessions with TAs might have been awkward if you hadn't been regularly attending, I seem to recall there were some physics labs that spanned multiple days.

I think the people running the classes figured that absenteeism was its own punishment -- missed class notes, missed clues on assignments, etc, plus I doubt any of them wanted to waste time on attendance. It's kind of a burdensome bureaucratic task.

I always figured just showing up was the easiest part of the whole experience. The only time it wasn't was a class on ancient Indian art a long way from my dorm at 8 AM one very cold winter.

Latiam 25 February 2014 01:32 AM

No one really formally took attendance in my classes. As I said as you got higher the profs started to be able to keep track.
A few times the TA didn't show up to their sessions and someone would circulate a sheet that we would all sign to keep track of who was there to give to them the next week. This happened in several different classes and I have no idea why. You weren't required to be at the TA sessions.
For one sociology course (or maybe psychology course, I forget) the TA had a lazy eye (I didn't know which one to look at) and an extremely heavy accent - so heavy that he would say "Do you understand what I am saying?" and it would be 10 seconds before you would say yes because you were still working it out.
He also used extremely odd abbreviations on the board. So you would also have to spend time figuring those out.
Didn't know which eye to make eye contact with, hard to understand listening, hard to understand in writing...
Yeah, I went to two sessions and never came back. Still got an A in the course though.

Lainie 25 February 2014 01:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Latiam (Post 1804580)
A few times the TA didn't show up to their sessions and someone would circulate a sheet that we would all sign to keep track of who was there to give to them the next week. This happened in several different classes and I have no idea why. You weren't required to be at the TA sessions.

No, but the TA was, right? Maybe the list was to impress upon the TA how many people were inconvenienced when s/he didn't show.

Latiam 25 February 2014 01:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1804582)
No, but the TA was, right? Maybe the list was to impress upon the TA how many people were inconvenienced when s/he didn't show.

I don't know. It seemed a little pointless to me. They all seemed to be, "S/he should know who was here." Nowadays I would say what I was thinking, which was, "Why?"
They weren't paid for sessions they didn't hold (there was a survey at the end of the year about how many lectures and TA sessions were missed, so if they didn't report it they would get in crap), so it was inconvenient, yeah, but not life-altering.

mela681 25 February 2014 03:16 PM

I can't think of any class where I had a teacher not show up. I had a few who cancelled class often, but none who just didn't show up. The first time I was in school, they would cancel class by putting a note on the door (which was really annoying when I had stayed on campus for a 6:30pm class*). The second time I was in school**,they sent e-mails.

Both times I was in school, they took attendance. They said that it was a requirement for getting federal funding. It was also a significant part of the grade in several of my hard science classes. In, at least, one class, it was impossible to get an A if you missed more than two class lectures.

*Why, oh why do they schedule business classes that late? (I actually do know the answer to this one, but it would have been nice if they had scheduled at least one session of these courses during the day. It's nice that they scheduled them for people who had day jobs, but some of us had night jobs.)
**I got my first degree in 2005, I started on my second in 2012, there was a huge technology shift at that university over that time period.

Hero_Mike 25 February 2014 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1804582)
No, but the TA was, right? Maybe the list was to impress upon the TA how many people were inconvenienced when s/he didn't show.

Maybe not the TA, but the professor teaching the class. That professor is, for all intents and purposes, the TA's "supervisor" when it comes to their employment. TAs are paid for their work, and I imagine that unless it was explicitly changed, they were expected to show up for that session. When I was a TA myself, we had our obligations for tutorial sessions, labs, and for some, "office hours" where they were available to students. But TAs were only part-time employees and our hours and obligations were, however, limited. Most professors emphasized to students that they should not pester TAs outside of their scheduled hours, and that if they needed more help, they should approach the prof - an actual full-time employee.

Being a TA and not showing up for a session or lab, however, would get us in big trouble with the prof teaching the class.

Maque 28 February 2014 08:34 AM

Our rule was always the general 15 minute rule. Most of my professors never seemed to mind if we left after 15 minutes. Barring the exception I'm about to talk about, only had it happen once, and it was because it was icy and our professor had broken his leg on his way to class so he had no real time to warn us.

And then there was one of my beginning Telecom professors. It was an 8AM class, so no one wanted to be there, but I took it because it was the only one that fit my schedule. Prof on the first day was a huge stickler for the rules. "If you miss two classes you will fail. If I show up and you are not here, you are counted absent." Etc. So second class, I show up on time. 8:15, people are murmuring, TA awkwardly stands up and notes he guesses the professor can't be there that day, and starts showing us a documentary the professor had set up just in case.

Same thing the next class. The class after that, the professor does the class as a Skype call while still in his pajamas, and decides to just leave in the middle of it. Then he didn't show up again the next class. At which point I wanted to drop the course, but if I did I was no longer technically a full time student, so I just bit the bullet and went to talk to the Dean.

Basically what I got was that the guy was tenured and so there wasn't much the Dean could do, but that he'd pull some strings so the bad grade I was going to get as a result of no longer going wouldn't really affect my scholarship. But at that point, the professor obviously didn't respect his class at all, so I didn't see why I should respect it in turn because I wasn't learning anything. Fin. Then I found five dollars.

jgaldnik 22 March 2016 09:37 PM

Usually professors are on time. If not, they better explain why I just paid 1,500 for their class and they don't show up. Plus, why would you want to miss class when you are paying a shitload of money as it is?

tentonaraft 24 April 2016 05:17 PM

At my college, it's kind of a rule of thumb that if the prof isn't there in 15 minutes, you could leave. Also, this past semester, I showed up a few minutes early, no one was there, not even the prof. Took me till 10 minutes after the class was supposed to start until I realized no one was coming. When I got back to my apartment, I checked my email and saw that class had not only been canceled, but that the email telling me was from a couple days earlier. :duh:

Haldurson 27 April 2016 02:08 PM

When I was at Caltech, not only was attendance never taken, but people frequently skipped early morning classes. Furthermore, some people would send tape recorders in to class in their absence (the movie "Real Genius" has a scene that makes fun of this - skip to around 3:15).

Generally speaking, if the professor wasn't going to show up, he'd arrange for a TA to teach the class . Things were so casual there, that I can remember one TA who did his entire lecture on roller skates, skating from whiteboard to whiteboard, doing this elaborate proof, then drawing this long arrow from the leftmost to the rightmost panel, while rolling across the classroom, finished the arrow, and wrote in "Q.E.D.".

ejmeier 19 July 2016 01:19 PM

The colleges that I went to never had an official (or unofficial rule as far as I know) about how long to stay if a professor doesn't show. However, I suppose that if the professor didn't show after 15 or 20 minutes, many or most of the students would leave. I never really had that problem though, except for maybe once a professor was maybe close to 10 minutes late. Most of the time the professor knew before hand if he or she wasn't going to make it for class and would either email us or tell us the class before that the next class was cancelled.
I don't think this rule would be needed as much with the availability of technology nowadays. Most people have a smart phone with them all the time and easy access to email. So unless it was an absolute last minute emergency, most professors I think could email or call someone to inform the students the class was cancelled or going to start late.
And as far as professors taking attendance. Most of the professors that I had never really had an attendance policy. They probably thought of you didn't show, you were an adult, and you would accept the consequences of of not showing up to class. In a few classes, the professor would take attendance for a few extra credit points. It usually wasn't many points at one time, but she did it enough times, the points added up.
I did have three or four professors actually have a policy that if a student missed x number of days, the student would automatically fail or would suffer a decrease in a letter grade. It was many professors that did it though.


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