In addition, attendance and participation will affect your grade. In a basic sense, participation is unavoidable, given the nature of the class. But if I sense that you have not pulled your weight in your group or have put in something less than an honest effort, I'll adjust your grade accordingly.
As for attendance, if you miss more than three classes during the semester, I reserve the right to lower your final grade by one letter; in addition, I will lower your grade by one letter for each additional absence. In effect, then, you have three unexcused, unexplained absences. Use them wisely (to prepare for exams, recover from hangovers, etc.), and be sure to see me beforehand if you know you have to miss class for a legitimate reason. A fourth absence means a course grade reduction of one letter, and each additional absence lowers your grade another letter. That means that, assuming you are earning an "A" average, your grade for the course would be "B" if you missed 4 classes, "C" if you missed 5, and so on; 7 missed classes would result in a course grade of "F". Obviously, if your average is "B" or "C", then fewer missed classes would result in an "F" for the course.
If you have any questions or concerns about these grading policies, please see me.
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