The university strongly encourages class attendance and participation as a means to acquire knowledge but does not maintain an institution-wide attendance policy. Faculty members are responsible for establishing the attendance and participation policy for each course and outlining if and when make-up work will be accepted. Notification of attendance and participation requirements should be available at the start of each semester via the course syllabus. Students may request make-up consideration for valid and verifiable reasons, such as illness, death in the immediate family, legal proceedings, or participation in university-sponsored activities. Students participating in university-sponsored activities are responsible for obtaining a written explanation for their absence from the faculty/staff member responsible for the activity. In all cases, students are encouraged to notify the faculty member of the course(s) in advance of any absence. Faculty are required to submit initial attendance verification to the Registrar's Office by the census date for each part of term. Failure to attend or participate in a course may also negatively affect a student’s financial aid eligibility.