Today in NC State History: Relaxing rules on cutting class

October 24, 2013
By Bill Krueger

blog_series6Cutting classes, apparently, is a longtime tradition on college campuses.

On this day in 1947, the Technician reported that the Faculty Council had agreed to change class attendance policies so that students could miss five classes without any penalty.

The news came as a bit of a shock to students, who had been frustrated by the Faculty Council’s unwillingness to make chances for several years despite being “bombarded by pleas from students to change the existing class attendance regulations.” Student government had been working on a plan to push such changes when the Faculty Council approved them.

Under the new guidelines, students were allowed to cut six classes per term without suffering any penalty. A sixth cut meant a one-point deduction in their grade, and every three cuts after that would result in an additional one-point deduction.

The newspaper reported that class attendance records from the previous year revealed that, on average, students lost one credit point due to cutting classes. “In many instances this one point loss placed hardship on a student who was hovering on the C-average borderline,” read the story. “The new ruling will allow a student to take an average number of cuts without having his average suffer.”

But the story warned that the change was being implemented on a trial basis.

“Any applicable increase in the average number of cuts per student per term will probably cause the Faculty Council to tighten the whole thing down once more,” according to the story.


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