At most major universities, professors or the department as a whole can choose if they want to have an attendance policy in their classroom. This is something that can hinder a student’s ability to learn responsibility for their actions.

While a mandatory attendance policy does “punish” a student for not being there that day, missing the class in general is usually punishment enough. From my experience, most class meetings cover a good bit of material. If a student regularly skips class, they will not succeed purely because they do not have the required information to pass exams. This would happen regardless if an attendance policy is in place or not. It puts more of a personal responsibility on students. Rather than just telling them if they miss “x amount of class meetings,” they will fail. I think that instead of shoving attendance down people throats, the thing that punishes the student the most is the lack of information that they are receiving in order to do well on exams.

Another argument is that if there is no attendance policy then students will more than likely skip class and possibly miss a test or a review day. While it is important for the student to be there for classes, it is also their money that they are spending. If they choose not to go to class to get the information needed for exams, it is their own personal choice. They will see the consequences of their actions on the day of the exam.

With the huge move to have grades, notes, and quizzes on the computer, in JSU’s case, Blackboard, there seems to be less of a reason to go to class. What is the point of going to class if you are just going to put your lecture notes online and make quizzes due at 11:59 the same night? You could just stay at home and sleep in and still get all the information and the same grade as someone who went to class. This is the biggest problem—and a majority of the reason that so many people tend to skip class more often.

Chris Morgan
Staff Writer

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