UMKC Connect and Early Alert

Completing an Administrative Attendance Survey

What is considered attending/participating in a course?

Federal regulations require instructors to confirm student attendance/participation in courses in order to meet eligibility rules for federal financial aid. This is not a requirement to take daily attendance (though that is one acceptable method of verifying attendance). Rather, students are considered to have attended or participated in the course if they have demonstrated (and you can document) one of the following acceptable academically related activities:

  • Physically attending a class with direct interaction
  • Submitting an academic assignment
  • Taking an exam, interactive tutorial, or computer-based instruction
  • Attending a school-assigned study group
  • Participating in online discussion about academic matters
  • Initiating contact with a faculty member to ask about subject studied
Please note that students simply logging into a Learning Management Solution (LMS) such as Blackboardis not considered confirmation that a student has begun attendance or participation in the course.

Instructors have shared that they have:
  • Required students to complete early assignments for credit, or not-for credit, during the first three weeks of the term.  These may be submitted through Blackboard or another LMS. These assignments must focus on course content to meet federal expectations.
  • Taken attendance verbally or through student sign-in during on-campus, class sessions. If attendance rosters are circulated for student signature, they must not include student ID or other personally identifiable information per FERPA.
  • Recorded class attendance in the UMKC Connect system.
  • Utilized the UMKC Attendance Application to check attendance particularly in large sections. Please contact UMKC Information Access Support at for more information