Administrative Withdrawal: Proposed Policy Changes

The following was presented and discussed at Learning Council Friday, May 9th, and also at Faculty Council the same afternoon.

Motivation: Compliance with DOEd and Financial Aid.  The Federal standard requires students to attend once during the first week.  “attend once” = “participate in one educational activity”

Current COPPS language: “Students who do not attend 50 percent of the class sessions by the end of the first week may be administratively withdrawn.”

Proposed change to COPPS: Will be administratively dropped

Possible new wording also being considered:  Students must attend at least one of the first two meetings of a class during the first week. Students who do not attend one of the first two meetings of a class in the first week will be administratively withdrawn.

11 thoughts on “Administrative Withdrawal: Proposed Policy Changes

  1. Jessica Knoch

    The “Possible new wording” implies that the class only meets two times during a week. This would leave unanswered the question of what to do with classes that meet three or four times during a week.

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    1. Jessica Knoch

      I just realized what the change is actually saying. Now, I like it, but it needs to be more clear. Students must attend one of the first two class sessions (no matter when those are, or how many there are in a week). This is more restrictive than the 50% language (which is good), but doesn’t help with classes that only meet once a week or are online-only.

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  2. A. Laskey

    My class meets 4 times a week. The 50% language works better.
    And seriously, is the Fed standard a single appearance in the first week acceptable?

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  3. Ulrick Casimir

    … I think I see the logic of this change—the fed standard, as expressed here, isn’t about percentage at all (and it sounds like the fed standard excludes most “first days,” where all that’s dispensed is the syllabus). But won’t the percentage approach cover that standard—and if so, then why bother with the revision?

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  4. Dennis Gilbert

    In my experience, it is not uncommon for students maybe once or twice a year to miss class in the first week due to family emergency or unusual employment constraints. Long standing past practice is that if they clear this with the instructor, they will not be dropped. It is also the rare case, perhaps once a year in my classes, that a student comes the first day (of three) and never comes back and doesn’t withdraw until much later. In these cases the 50% rule facilitates entry of students waiting to get into an apparently full class. With regard to the speculation that the first day may be largely perfunctory, it also may definitely be quite demanding. In my experience, the old rule has a lot going for it including how it was carried out in practice with regard to unusual situations. It’s really not clear what is driving this proposal for change.

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  5. Kaaren McGlynn

    I prefer the “may be withdrawn” language because I do not think we should be baby sitting our students who do not withdraw from a class if they are not planning to attend. Unless we have a wait list where students are waiting to add, it should be incumbent upon the student to manage their course enrollments.

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  6. Katie Morrison-Graham

    If the wordage and/or policy is changed the issue of linked learning community classes needs to be clear. Students will need to attend both of the classes in a learning community during the first week.

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  7. Barbara Breaden

    I concur with those who say that the responsibility for withdrawing a student should not be the instructor’s.

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  8. Peggy Oberstaller

    This proposed change will still not address those students who come to ALL scheduled class sessions the first week, and never return after that. It is not until week 3 or 4 that I see the pattern, have not had contact with them, and realize that they may not return to class. Do I drop them at that point? I would like to see that issue addressed as well.

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  9. Christina Howard

    For online classes, attendance is vague. How will this be measured? Signing into Moodle? Signing in and participating in educational activities are different. I suggest, Students who do not participate in 50% or more of classroom activities by the end of the first week may be administratively withdrawn.”

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