In any profession, reliability and punctuality are imperative. Following the industry's lead, tardiness is unprofessional and it will have an impact on your participation grade. Therefore, when we evaluate your performance we will also be rating your professionalism.
If you have a genuine emergency, then please notify us prior to class. Otherwise, unexcused absences will not be tolerated simply. Because you have a specific job to fill, then failing to show up will have repercussions on the entire class.
If you need to miss class due to religious observances, please notify us beforehand.
If you know you're going to be late coming to class:
Call the instructors and/or TA's immediately - do not email. You should have a compelling reason. Getting up late is not a compelling reason, nor is getting stuck in traffic due to bad weather, especially when bad traffic conditions are forecast. The following tips will help you avoid stress ...and getting points taken off your weekly grade!
Bad weatherStay informed on the latest weather conditions. Check weather reports regularly, anticipate and wake up earlier than usual to avoid traffic, even if that means two or more hours earlier than usual. Better to arrive early than late. If this is what employers expect, then you will be held to the same expectations.
Set multiple wake-up alarms
Setting more than one alarm should be part of your regular bedtime routine. Try setting one of your alarms on your mobile phone or other battery-operated device. Don't become a victim of an overnight power outage.
Please observe and value good time management skills. Achieving good time management habits in this class can go a long way towards your success in any profession. Letting your work pile up also adds layers of stress. Try to anticipate your crunch times. Look ahead in your calendar for important deadlines from your other classes. Plan ahead by starting your work early instead of putting it off.
Deadlines should mean something. They are a fact of life in any profession. Missing a deadline could mean getting a zero on your assignment.