IE’s New Attendance Policy: What to Expect Next Semester


IE University announced a new attendance policy for their hybrid class system, set to begin in January of 2021. To start off, students are still required to attend 70% of their classes, whether they are face-to-face or online. A survey sent out by the Program Management teams shared the students’ preferred method of attendance with their respective professors. 

However, once a student has decided which way they are going to attend, they must commit to it. 

If a student would like to change their preferred method of attendance, they must send an email to their Program Management before the 15th of each month. Once they do so, the student will only be able to attend classes in their new preference starting on the 1st of the following month. Students who switch in the spur of the moment will receive an absence.  

This main reason for this change is because it helps professors plan their classes according to the distribution of students who are attending their classes online or face-to-face. Professors have been notified of their students’ preferred method and will take attendance accordingly. 

If a student presents symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive, they are required to take their classes online until they are cleared (meaning they have a green health passport to access campus). Students with severe cases that are unable to follow online classes will have access to the class recordings. They must contact their Program Management office immediately and each case will be determined on an individual basis. 

For asynchronous sessions, the completion of given assignments will be taken as proof of attendance. Class recordings will be made available to students at the professor’s discretion.  

Finally, IE expects students to behave professionally, and in compliance with IE standards of education, with respect to peers and professors alike. Students who will attend their classes online are required to keep their camera on and follow the courtesy rules that are necessary for an online environment. A turned off-camera can be considered an absence. 

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