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Non-Law Loyola Spring 2021 Pandemic Attendance Policy

In light of the ongoing pandemic, Loyola University New Orleans commits to an attendance policy guided by three overarching principles:

  1. Prioritizing public health. No incentives should be created to come to campus sick for fear of losing points.
  2. Ensuring equity and accessibility remain at the forefront.
  3. Acknowledging that attendance, on its own, does not equal engagement or meaningful learning.
  4. Attendance in courses, virtual and in person, is an important aspect of student success and shows respect for faculty who have spent considerable time developing an important educational experience for students.

Attendance policies vary by modality of the course:

In fully online, not live, courses (i.e., use Canvas but do not necessarily use Zoom except for possible office hours) there is no “attendance”, but students may be required to complete a weekly assignment to show they are active and engaged. These courses usually have late, or administrative drop, policies for situations in which students are not actively engaged. 

There is no public health risk from attending a Zoom course from isolation or quarantine. Students may be asked for justification for missing classes, but should not be forced to show their images or home environments while in class. Instructors should not penalize students for internet outages or issues with Zoom/Canvas that may be beyond the student’s control. Students who do not have access to a personal computer or hotspot should be referred to BIT who will provide support. Students who disclose they are sick should also be referred to BIT; BIT will coordinate outreach from Student Health Services. 

Students who can show their #CampusClear symptom tracker has indicated they should not come to campus should be encouraged to attend the synchronous online session or provided another online option for class participation. The details of this participation should be arranged with the instructor and be sensitive to whether the student is too ill to attend class at all. In conjunction with standard student health practices to protect student privacy, Student Affairs will notify faculty in cases where students will need prolonged accommodation. This note will specify if the request is for online learning where all assignments remain the responsibility of the student or if the student is ill and should be granted consideration for flexible deadlines. Students who do not have access to a personal computer or hotspot should be referred to BIT who will provide support. Students who disclose they are sick should also be referred to BIT; BIT will coordinate outreach from Student Health Services. 

Any loss of participation or attendance points for participating online instead of in person is strictly prohibited. Any loss of participation or attendance points for lack of internet access is strictly prohibited. This is inclusive of “miss three class” type policies. Students may not be able to prove loss of internet access. Given the circumstances, faculty should start from a position of trust and consult with the Associate Dean if they suspect academic dishonesty.
 

Students who can show their #CampusClear symptom tracker has indicated they should not come to campus should be provided an online option for class participation or another way to make up work without penalty. The details of this participation should be arranged with the instructor. In conjunction with standard student health practices to protect student privacy, Student Affairs will notify faculty in cases where students will need prolonged accommodation. This note will specify if the request is for exposure related to online learning where all assignments remain the responsibility of the student or if the student is ill and should be granted consideration for flexible deadlines. Students who do not have access to a personal computer or hotspot should be referred to BIT who will provide support. Students who disclose they are sick should also be referred to BIT; BIT will coordinate outreach from Student Health Services. 

Any loss of participation or attendance points for participating online instead of in person is strictly prohibited. Any loss of participation or attendance points for lack of internet access is strictly prohibited. This is inclusive of “miss three class” type policies.
 

COVID-Related Absence Documentation
There are valid reasons for a student to miss your physical class without a doctor’s note. Being honest on the symptom tracker is one of them. Note that the code at the end of the screencap is unique and any suspected sharing or re-using of the screen-cap would be against the student code of conduct.

Screenshot of Campus Clear app showing You Cannot Come to Campus message

Non-COVID related absences should follow the protocols of any normal semester.

Grievance Procedure 
If a student believes an individual instructor’s policies are problematic, they may pursue redress through the academic grievance procedure outlined here.