Attendance and Participation
CAES expects students to attend 100% of scheduled classes (including the add/drop period) and complete all assigned out-of-class tasks (if applicable). 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave. Students who are not able to meet the 80% attendance requirement due to various reasons should contact their teacher immediately. Students may risk failing the course if they miss a substantial proportion of the course without providing any legitimate reason or proof for their absence.
Students have the responsibility to contact their teacher before the commencement of the course if they know in advance they have problems meeting the 80% attendance requirement. Examples of such cases include students who are pending faculty’s approval for their application for leave of absence.
If students know in advance that they have problems with attending the scheduled classes (e.g. being in a different time zone to HK, having an unreliable internet connection, having issues with access to their HKU email or HKU website etc.) then they should also contact their teacher immediately. It is very important for the teacher concerned to be informed about this ahead of time so that they can make appropriate arrangements for these students.
CAES classes are highly interactive. We would like our students to get the most out of our courses by actively participating in lessons via responding to their teacher and classmates. If for any reason participation in interactive activities is not possible (e.g. internet connection problem), students should let their teacher know in advance.
If students have any special needs or circumstances that may affect their attendance or ability to complete course assignments on time, they are strongly encouraged to seek professional advice from HKU-CEDARS (https://www.cedars.hku.hk/). They can find more information about the support services they provide on p.7.