- UGA English Department
- United States of America
As you all know, the Department of English at the University of Georgia has an attendance policy for all its First-year Composition students (students enrolled in English 1101 or English 1102) that can be found on the department’s website as follows: “Because writing skills develop slowly over time and because in-class activities are crucial to the final Portfolio, students’ regular attendance is essential in First-year Composition. Consequently, on the fifth absence (MWF classes) or the fourth absence (TTh classes), no matter what the reason, students can expect to be administratively withdrawn with a W before the withdrawal deadline and administratively withdrawn with an F after the withdrawal deadline.” This policy is ridiculous as it threatens to harshly punish students for circumstances that may have been beyond their control.
We, the undersigned, call on the Department of English at the University of Georgia to change its policy of administratively withdrawing students from their First-Year Composition English classes upon their fourth absence (Tuesday Thursday classes) or fifth absence (Monday Wednesday Friday classes) to an attendance policy at the discretion of the course instructor.
The Change Mandatory Attendance Policy for UGA FYC English Classes petition to UGA English Department was written by Jay Palace and is in the category Education at GoPetition.