MCB 101
Introductory Microbiology Lab
School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Attendance Policies

Attendance:

  • Attendance in lab is mandatory. The best way for you to learn the course material is through hands on experience. Students are required to attend two, scheduled laboratory periods each week (1 hour and 50 min. each). It is important to arrive on time in order to receive all pertinent information.

  • Attendance will be recorded at every lab. Each unexcused absence will result in a 10-point deduction from your overall point total at the end of the semester.

  • In addition to the scheduled labs, MCB 101 students are required to attend one 50 minute lecture session given by Ken Chapman at 9:00 AM on Fridays.

Absences:

The Student Code states that “"Excused absences include those resulting from:
  1. illness, death in the family or other emergency, or other reasons beyond the student's control; and

  2. a student's religious beliefs, observances, and practices.

For excused absences, the student must provide an explanation to the instructor and supply supporting evidence as required by the instructor. The student must make arrangements with the instructor to make up missed work expeditiously."

  • In compliance with the Student Code students who provide dated documentation of a personal emergency, confining illness, religious conflict or graduate/medical school interview in a timely fashion may be allowed to make up missed work for credit.

  • Students who have advanced knowledge of events that will conflict with MCB 101 must present acceptable documentation of such events prior to their absence.

  • Note: Class absences before and after vacations (e.g. Spring Break) are not excusable, except as aforementioned.

What To Do If You Must Be Absent

Due to a "Confining Illness":

  1. Go to McKinley Health Center or your private physician and seek assistance.

  2. Contact Ken Chapman and your section TA about your absence. You may call Dr. Chapman at 244-4941 if you have questions or concerns.

  3. Bring or send your assignments to Dr. Chapman in room 241 Burrill Hall to be time and date stamped that day or as soon after the absence as is reasonably possible. Do not wait to be excused to turn in your work.

  4. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students and request that verification of your confining illness be sent via e-mail to Dr. Chapman. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050.

Due to "Personal Emergency":

  1. Contact Ken Chapman about your problem, and to inquire as to whether your situation qualifies as an excusable absence, and arrange make-up work as needed.

  2. Submit your assignments to your TA or to Dr. Chapman soon after the absence as is reasonably possible. Do not wait to be excused to turn in your work.

  3. Obtain written, dated documentation of the problem.  Documentation for an absence must include relevant names, times, dates and an explanation of the date(s) and reason(s) for absence.  Documentation will not be accepted past one week of the absence in question unless there are extenuating circumstances.

  4. If you can't get documentation from a primary source (A person like: your doctor, a judge, a U of I faculty member, you mechanic, your commanding officer, etc. but not your mother or roommate, they may be wonderful and very helpful but come on...) contact the Office of the Dean of Students and request that verification of your personal emergency be sent via e-mail to Dr. Chapman. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050.

Due to Graduate/Professional School Interview :

  1. Contact Ken Chapman and your TA about your interview, and to arrange make-up work as needed.

  2. Send your assignments to class prior to your absence in order to receive full credit.

  3. Obtain written, dated documentation of the interview (electronic documentation will be accepted). Provide documentation to Ken Chapman in a timely fashion. Documentation will not be accepted past one week of the absence in question unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Due to Religious Observance:
  1. Contact Ken Chapman about your conflict and arrange make-up work as needed.

  2. In compliance with the Student Code (1-501), students must inform the instructor of their religious conflict as soon as possible and no later than one week before the date of the exam, lab, lecture or assignment due date.