The University Practice for Undergraduate Attendance is as follows:

Regular attendance and active participation in classes are essential elements in the learning process. Students are expected to attend all class sessions beginning with the first class session.

This practice has been shown to increase the success levels and retention of Davenport University students. For this reason:

  • Attendance in all Foundations of Learning and 100 level courses will be reported until the last day to drop with a “W” grade for every semester or session.
  • Attendance in 200 level courses and above, including graduate, will be reported for the first two weeks of each semester or session.

Students can view their attendance:

Students will be administratively withdrawn for non-attendance following the process below unless previous arrangements have been made with their instructor. The instructor should be notified of a planned absence a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course meeting time.

Attendance Definitions by Delivery Modality

Delivery Modality  Attendance
Campus and Livestream Courses
  • Attendance is taken each day and time the course meets

  • Student must be present for 50% of the class time to be marked present.

  • FLEX course attendance is defined as completion and submission of at least one gradable course activity by the end of the posted class meeting day and time

  • Attendance is independent of how the student elects to attend each class session

  • Attendance is the completion of at least one grade able assignment a week


In the event of an Administrative Withdrawal the student will receive a DU email notification from the Registrar’s Office. The email will be deemed to have been received by the student upon delivery. Students may appeal to be reinstated in the course. Depending on the course, this appeal, whenever possible, should be initiated at least one business day prior to the next course meeting or, at minimum, the beginning of the subsequent week for online.  The Appeal form is available on the DU website in the Academic Issue Resolution Center. Students must contact their instructor for reinstatement.

In the College of Health Professions, any absence in the MEDA designated courses and the professional practice experience (Practicum course) in many programs may constitute grounds for failure of the course. The course descriptions and/or syllabi will note these attendance expectations. Students may also reference the College of Health Professions Handbook for additional details.

Nursing students should reference the Nursing Handbook for additional attendance policy regulations in the Nursing program.

Implemented: Fall 2012
Expansion to Graduate Implemented: Winter 2015 2nd session

Administrative Withdrawal Schedule