According to the faculty handbook, each department can determine its own attendance policy. You should check with your department chair to see if there is a single attendance policy that would apply to your class. Whether there is not not, you should state your attendance policy in your syllabus so students know your expectations, particularly as absences will impact the student’s grade. Indicate whether work missed can be made up. Some class absences are excused by the University, indicating that the student should be allowed to complete or make-up work. These include illness (when a student has medical documentation) and certain competitive athletic events. Student-athletes should notify you in advance of these absences. Athletics works hard to make sure team practices do not conflict with classes. If you have questions about an athlete’s schedule, contact Cayce Crenshaw in Athletics. The University recognizes academics as a student’s highest priority. Campus activities (clubs, Greek, volunteer activities) do not constitute legitimate absences from class.
Belk Library offers instruction /orientation to any class. Many first-year students attend an orientation in their Elon 101, English 110 or GST 110 classes. Initial orientation helps students understand the organization of library materials and the location of resources in Belk. Instructors may request additional instruction in specific areas. To request library instruction, contact Randall Bowman in Belk Library.
Several resources are available to students who seem to be struggling academically or emotionally with their transition to the first-year at college. For academic concerns you may direct students to the Tutoring Center or the Writing Center, both located in Belk Library and free to enrolled students. Students with adjustment problems should be alerted to the services of the Ellington Health and Counseling Center. Students with documented physical or learning disabilities should register with the Disabilities Office in Academic Advising to request special assistance.
When student performance in class is alarming (absences, failing grades) instructors should report the problem to the “early warning” system in academic advising to alert others to potential problems. “Warnings” are sent to the student’s academic advisor. First-year students receive mid-semester grades, which is another way to signal that a student may need additional help.
All continuing, full-time faculty in every department and school are eligible to teach GST 110. Interested faculty should contact their department chair to determine whether there is a place in the department's quota for the following year.
MTH 112 (General Statistics) is considered the math class in the first year core; however, students may also take MTH 121 (Calculus I) or MTH 212 (Statistics in Application), or MTH 221 (Calculus II) to fulfill the core requirement in math.
Approximately three times each semester, sections of GST 110 that meet at the same time gather together for a lecture, panel discussion, or interactive presentation on a topic of relevance to the class. These pods are scheduled by the Director of General Studies, and the schedule is posted at the end of the previous semester so that faculty may include the experiences into their syllabus.