General and Academic Information

Required First Day Attendance Policy

University policy requires all students to attend the first class meeting of all classes for which they are registered. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered will be dropped from the course if the faculty member verifies you as not attending. This policy applies to all levels (undergraduate and graduate) of courses. It is the student’s responsibility to verify course drops and check that fees are adjusted.

The objective is to optimize seat availability in classes by deleting individual classes for students who do not attend that class on the first class meeting day and make the seat available to other students who need the class. Classes with a waitlist function will be used to put students needing the class in a queue to get the class if a seat becomes available.

First Day Attendance Policy Exceptions

An exception to the First Day Class Attendance policy will be approved only for emergency reasons, such as serious illness (a note from Health Services or family physician will be required), the death of an immediate family member (a copy of the obituary will be required and an immediate family member is defined as one’s spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and immediate in-laws), court appearance, or military obligations for one day (a copy of military orders will be required).

Exceptions to the First Day Class Attendance policy will not normally be made for any of the following reasons: wedding of the student, relative, or friend; part-time or full-time job or job interview; vacation; convenience of travel schedule. Exceptions to these guidelines can be made, but should be based on a very compelling case.

Students who believe they meet the criteria for an exception to the First Day Class Attendance Policy should complete the First Day Class Attendance Policy Exception Request form available through their MyGeorgiaSouthern account. This form must be completed at least 24 hours before the first class meeting to guarantee that a student with an acceptable excuse will be saved from being dropped from the class.

Students who are not able to complete the exception request in MyGeorgiaSouthern within this time period should call the Registrar’s Office at (912) 478-5152 to request the exception. As an alternative, the student may contact the instructor and ask to be saved from being dropped. Please note that the reason for the exception must be excusable and must be able to be documented.

  • When a “waitlisted” class is full, students will be able to register to be on the waitlist for that course through WINGS just like registering for an open seat. The same registration rules for waitlist as for Registration will be observed. (i.e. Students will not be able to register for an alternate section of a course for which the student is already registered and will not be able to register to be on a waitlist for a course if the student is registered for a course for which there is a time conflict. Students will not be able to be waitlisted for a course for which the student has not met the prerequisite.)
  • Students who have placed themselves on the waitlist for a course will be able to view their waitlist priority on their MyGeorgiaSouthern account and will receive a message on their MyGeorgiaSouthern account when a seat has become available for them.
  • Once a waitlisted student has a message that a seat is available posted on their MyGeorgiaSouthern account, the student will have 12 hours in which to register for the courses. Students on the waitlist who are notified that a seat is available will be able to register for that seat through their MyGeorgiaSouthern account without having to go into their WINGS account. If the student does not register within this time period, the seat is given to the next student on the waitlist.

GPA Change Policy

The Academic Standards Committee recommends changing the current policy on grade point averages to eliminate the adjusted GPA for all undergraduate students effective Fall 2007. Students enrolled prior to Fall 2007 will retain their adjusted grade point average earned prior to Fall 2007 but all grades earned Fall 2007 and thereafter will be computed in their grade point average. Implementing the policy effective Fall 2007 will allow an opportunity to widely communicate the change to current and stopped out students so that they may repeat courses prior to Fall 2007 to adjust their grade point averages.

Approved by Academic Standards Committee on August 11, 2006

Approved by Deans’ Council August on 15, 2006

Approved by Enrollment Management Council on August 16, 2006

Other Policies

Last updated: 2/13/2020

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