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Updates to EmpowerMe Grading Screen and Last Date of Attendance Reporting

Submitted by Jay Hoying
What is new as of Summer 2018?
A feature within EmpowerMe has been created to assist professors to record the last date of attendance immediately following submitting a failure grade. Previously, the records office would email specific professors at the end of the term to collect the last date of attendance for students who failed their course.
Now, when a final grade of “F” is submitted for a student(s) on the grading screen you will be prompted to supply the last date of attendance. The new grade entry/last date of attendance instructions can be found in the Faculty Empower Manual (PDF).
Why is the last date of attendance information required?
The U.S. Department of Education requires the Office of Financial Aid to determine if a student who receives financial aid and fails to earn a passing grade in a course has actually attended and/or completed the course, or if they withdrew from a course without providing the university official notification.
Define last date of attendance.
If you do not take attendance past the first two weeks of a session, you should provide the date of the last known academically-related activity. The last activity may include, but is not limited to:
  • Class attendance
  • Initiating contact with a faculty member regarding course Material
  • Participating in an online discussion
  • Attending a study group
  • Taking an exam
  • Turning in a class assignment
For questions, please contact Student Records at 419-251-8989 or registrar@mercycollege.edu

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