Every minute of learning time in each class is precious, and
starting a class with everyone present is a desire shared by both
students and faculty. Therefore great emphasis is placed on students
being on time to every class. Most faculty will reduce a student's grade
if he or she is repeatedly late.
In Consciousness-Based education, a premium is placed on
student-student and student-faculty interaction, and for this reason
attendance and engagement in class discussions is central to every MUM
class. In addition, priority is given to study in the presence of a
teacher who can immediately answer questions that arise and pose
additional questions to challenge a student working on an assignment.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes,
except when they are sick or have a family emergency or some other
compelling reason. There are no "personal days" during academic blocks,
and taking a class day off for other reasons will usually lead to a
reduced final grade. Students should be especially vigilant with respect
to days before or after holiday breaks. Such missed days are not
considered excused absences.
If a student must miss more than 2 sessions for a 1-credit course, 4
sessions for a 2-credit course, 6 sessions for a 4-credit course, or 8
sessions for a 6-credit course due to illness or family emergency, he or
she will be asked to withdraw from the course.
In the case of illness, students must notify their faculty
immediately by email or telephone, and the illness must be confirmed in
writing by the MUM Campus Nurse or a licensed health care professional.
In the case of a family emergency, students should notify their faculty
or a member of the Department of Student Life.
The Associate Deans of Students are notified by the instructor in
these situations. If a student has special circumstances justifying
continued participation in a class in which he or she has exceeded the
allowable absences, the student will need to submit a petition to the
Academic Standards Committee, which will determine if the student is
allowed to continue.
Repeated unexcused absences are a violation of the code of student
behavior. In addition to academic consequences, students with repeated
unexcused absences are subject to the following actions.
Ideally all students should be in class on the first day and attend
each day until the conclusion of the course. If, however, students find
it necessary to change class for any reason, they may do so without
penalty up to the morning of the third day (usually Wednesday), when
they are expected to be in the course that they will be taking that
block. If they have switched class, they will have to make up work that
they missed on the first day or two they were not present. This policy
should not be used by students who wish to take a long break or holiday,
missing the first day or two of class. In other words, students who
miss the first day or two of a block for reasons other than switching
classes (e.g., returning late from a break, taking the day off, etc.)
will be subject to the policy for unexcused absences.
Withdrawal from class
Students may withdraw from a class for any reason up to the end of
the first week of that class for a full time class (usually before the
second Monday of the class). Students who live on campus will be
expected to engage in some kind of alternative activity approved by the
Department of Student Life for the remainder of that block, unless they
are sick in bed. Students may request permissions to withdraw after the
end of the first week in the event they are sick or have a family
emergency and, due to one of these reasons, have missed too much work to
receive an incomplete. This request must be approved by one of the
Associate Deans of Students and requires a note from the campus nurse or
Meditating in class
Every student at MUM is expected to practice the Transcendental
Meditation program, the core academic program of the University.
Students who choose not to participate in the TM program are not
eligible for continued enrollment at the University
It is a benefit of every class that students practice the Transcendental Meditation
program in both the morning and afternoon classes. These meditations
are a structured part of the academic day. Students practicing
Transcendental Meditation who have not yet taken the TM-Sidhi
program will have a 20-minute group meditation in the classroom
beginning at 2:50 p.m., with class ending at 3:15 p.m. Students who have
learned the TM-Sidhi program may leave class at 2:45 p.m. in order to
do an early afternoon group TM and TM-Sidhi program in the student
program halls, or later in the afternoon in the student program halls or
the Golden Domes.
While these meditations are part of class, if a student is has any
questions about the group meditations, he or she should speak
immediately with the faculty in the class.
The content of this page was reviewed in August 2011.