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As an adult, I expect my professors to acknowledge my independence, not babysit me by making sure I attend class. I find these rules paternalistic, vague and difficult to enforce. Universities should separate attendance from academics and focus on engaging students instead of threatening them with a bad grade.
Penalizing students for being absent is unfair because it ignores our individual responsibilities as adults. Students should learn to make decisions without relying on others to reward or punish them.
Being independent is part of the college experience. Most of us are living separately from our parents and getting jobs for the first time. Enforcing attendance policies denies us our adulthood and perpetuates a lack of trust in students.
Taking attendance is a poor measurement of a student’s academic proficiency. There are many reasons for absence that are unrelated to class performance, such as sickness or emergencies that a student can prioritize over class.