We at Southern Nazarene University are “Committed to building responsible
Christian persons". This concept is of such importance to this institution that
we have incorporated this theme in our mission statement. Our business community
likewise values this objective which they frame under their umbrella of
“Professionalism”. A key element to being responsible and professional is
commitment to the faithful and prompt attendance by our students to each and
every class session. Being late to class will impact a student’s class
participation grade and, if excessive, can affect continuance in the program.
Each accumulated sum of 30 minutes of late arrivals is defined as excessive
and will require make-up work.
The Graduate Studies in Management degree programs are highly accelerated,
and a great deal of material is covered in a relatively short time. Therefore,
it is essential that students attend all class sessions. The program director
monitors attendance records. Students may miss no more than two classes in a
module and still receive a passing grade for that module. At five total
absences for the program, Continuance Committee approval is required in order
for the student to continue in the program. Students who are absent for
three consecutive class sessions are subject to withdrawal from the program. In
the event of unavoidable circumstances leading to an absence, the following
1. Contact course instructor and/or the Graduate
Studies in Management office prior to the absence or as early as possible
following the absence. Assigned work is expected to be turned in on time
irrespective of an absence. If a student is late or must leave early the
instructor should be contacted for the required make-up assignment.
Complete the make-up assignment as designated by the course syllabus. Because
the program is highly accelerated, make-up assignments are used to attempt to
compensate for sessions missed. Assigned work that is turned in late will be
appropriately penalized. Make-up assignments must be submitted to the instructor
within two weeks of the absence, unless an extension is cleared with the
instructor and the GSM director. The instructor will evaluate the make-up work
on a PASS/NO CREDIT basis. Failure to complete the assignment at an acceptable
level will result in a one letter reduction in course grade for each event.
Note: If more than two absences occur within a given module, the student
will be required to re-take that module with another group at additional
3. Submit the absence form, which will be supplied by the GSM
office, to the course instructor with the make-up assignment. The instructor
will sign and return the form to the student. Student will then return the form
to the GSM office.