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missing class

pb32pb32 Posts: 118Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2005 in College Life
how do professors usually handle students who miss or skip class? this is because i just found out i wont be able to go to class at all on the second day of classes (court date for a speeding ticket...) and im afraid i may miss the important stuff that comes at the beginning.

...maybe i should just pay the 140 dollar fine and go to class.
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  • adconardadconard Posts: 803Registered User Member
    Most professors don't care if you miss class. And if they do care, then they usually allow 3 or so free absences for the semester.
  • Original NameOriginal Name Posts: 234Registered User Junior Member
    Usually, unless it's a lab class, the teacher probably won't mind and in some classes might not even notice. But since it'll be only the second day of classes I would contact the teachers and let them know, as some schools will drop you if you miss the first few days of class.
  • kirstkirst Posts: 243Registered User Junior Member
    Do you have a drop/add or shopping period during the first week of class? If so, your absence probably won't count toward a total (since there are people who could not come all week and add the class on the last possible day, and it would be unfair to punish them). Try to find out your prof's e-mail and let them know now though, both as a courtesy and so you can possibly figure out what you're missing!
  • fendergirlfendergirl Posts: 4,647Registered User Senior Member
    yeah, i missed my first two days of classes this past fall semester (funeral).. i just shot an email to my profs (most of them i knew from previous semesters) and everything was fine.
  • bing121086bing121086 Posts: 1,097Registered User Member
    depending on how large your class is, the profs may care--don't skip without a good reason/excuse in a class of 12, but in a class of 312, you could probably get away with it. Remember though, you're spending an obscene amount of money to be there.
  • zantedeschiazantedeschia Posts: 7,841Registered User Senior Member
    A day of college classes is probably worth more than $140...
  • fendergirlfendergirl Posts: 4,647Registered User Senior Member
    i don't think skipping class is a problem. I mean, if you skip to sleep all day - that's not good.. that's a waste of money. but if you skip for a reason (funeral, court, etc) it's fine.. and your professor's won't have a problem with that. those are "excused" absenses.

    it also depends on your relationship with the professor.. for example, i missed my one art class quite a few times - because i did all the work at my apartment. I actually didn't go for two weeks once because i was working on my project at home rather than in class. my prof was fine with it, and i got an A. but since you don't know the prof's and it's the beginning you should just shoot them an email.
  • texas137texas137 Posts: 2,143Registered User Senior Member
    if you are guilty of whatever the ticket is for, it probably is not worth skipping class to go to court. They might knock something off the $140 just to appease you so you don't insist on a trial (which would be another day of missing classes to go back to court). But they are unlikley to knock off the whole $140 if you're guilty. The cost to you of skipping class is really just the amount of the discount, maybe $70. Not worth skipping class IMO.
  • CarolinaBlueSkiesCarolinaBlueSkies Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    If money is no object, you could hire a lawyer to handle your ticket and then you wouldn't have to appear in court at all. They can also get your charge reduced. Most handle traffic tickets at a flat fee of a couple hundred dollars, sometimes more, sometimes less (I work in a traffic attorney's office).
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Posts: 12,198Super Moderator Senior Member
    A day of college classes is probably worth more than $140...

    Somebody did the calculations once and discovered that, given MIT tuition, each lecture missed here results in $96 "wasted". :)
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Posts: 6,628Registered User Senior Member
    just email the professors, and you'll be fine. If it's a big class, you don't even have to do that, unless you want to get any papers you miss.

    molliebatmit

    I did a calculation like that for my school... that's when I decided not to skip class anymore to sleep (skip the 9am, and get up for 10am). I was like... *** am I doing. I'm throwing away money.
  • idiiasidiias Posts: 181Registered User Junior Member
    but if you email the prof, don't say "I had to go to court for a speeding ticket." He'll start to judge you already...
  • pb32pb32 Posts: 118Registered User Junior Member
    thing is my parents really want me to go to court for this because the odds are i will get it reduced or probation, given that this is my first ticket. also i will get 2 points on my drivers license, which in turn might increase my car insurance rates by a whole lot, at least according to my parents, so im starting to think i should at least try to get the points reduced in court. the classes i would miss are 2 large lectures (microeconomics and psychology).
  • fendergirlfendergirl Posts: 4,647Registered User Senior Member
    its only the first day or so of class, so it's not a big deal...
  • pkp_rcpkp_rc Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    I'm not sure if it's true for all universities, but for virtually all of my courses the material covered in the first few days (especially in psychology) is just course policies and overviews of the course. If there's a syllabus given out at that first class, you should be able to read up on what you missed (or make a friend and eventually get a copy of the notes for the day if you really want) and not have any issues.
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