Attendance at seminar is required. Students are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the speakers talk. There will be a sign-in sheet at each department seminar, and it is the students responsibility to sign it.
If a student has a legitimate reason for missing a seminar (e.g. illness, family emergency, or a medical school interview), they should request an excused absence from either Dr. Katakam (Course Director) or Dr. Craig Clarkson (Director of Graduate Studies) as soon as possible. If an excused absence is granted, lack of participation will not negatively affect their grade. It is the student's responsibility to request & obtain the excused absence in a timely manner (e.g. within a few days of the missed seminar). More than one unexcused absence will negatively affect a student's grade in a cumulative manner, as described below.
It will be considered a violation of the department's student honor code for one student to sign in for another student who is absent.
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