MBA Program Attendance Policy

The Wharton MBA Program seeks to foster a dynamic classroom environment in which the student is fully engaged in the learning process, drawing knowledge from in-class instruction while also contributing to the shared knowledge of the class. The MBA Program Attendance Policy was formulated to engender such an experience by helping facilitate the community’s shared commitment to learning.

1.1. The MBA Program Attendance Policy currently applies to fixed core classes, in that MGMT 610, MKTG 611, STAT 613, STAT621, MGEC 611, and MGEC 612 require student attendance.

1.2. Student attendance in those fixed core classes will be observed. Grade point average and class attendance will be among the selection criteria used to select Fellows in the MBA administration and participants in exchange programs. This includes Fellowships such as Leadership Fellows, Student-Life Fellows, Omnicon Fellows, Admissions Fellows, Venture Fellows, and exchange programs with our overseas partner schools and the Semester in San Francisco Program.

1.3. Absences may be excused. Two types of absences warrant immediate excuses without further explanation or documentation, Personal Illness and Personal or Family Emergency. Religious holidays during which classes are scheduled will be excused for observant students. Absences due to job interviews, career pursuits or travel are not appropriate reasons to request an excuse.

1.4. The MBA Program Attendance Policy may differ from each faculty’s attendance policy typically outlined in the class syllabus, and faculty may also base part of the course grade on attendance and participation. Each faculty also decides on the form of attendance taking.

2. MBA Program Check-in App

Starting Fall 2013, we offer faculty to use a smart phone application allowing students to record attendance as part of the Wharton Connect App.

2.1. A student may check in to a class in which he/she is enrolled any time during the Check-In Period, defined as 10-minutes prior to a class’ start time through the class’ end time.

2.2. In order to check-in a student must be physically present in the classroom. A student may only check-in him/herself, though he/she need not use his/her own personal device to do so.

2.3. Definition of Absence: A student who has not checked in after a class’ start time will be marked absent. Forgetting to check-in is not grounds for excusing an absence.

Attendance taking through such an app is heavily reliant on the Ethics Code. Violations of the Ethics Code are taken seriously as these norms define the foundation of our shared commitment to learning.

3. MBA Program Attendance Notification

3.1. Students will receive an email at the close of the day showing a list of classes which require attendance and for which the student has been marked absent. No email will be sent if no absence has been recorded.

3.2. If the student wishes to petition for an excused absence (see Section 1.3.) or report a technical difficulty he/she may follow the embedded link to do so. Any free-text entered to petition for an excuse must be reviewed and approved by the MBA Program Office.