In-Person Course Attendance

By signing up for an class that has been designated as “in-person” (or includes a required in-person component), you have agreed to attend and participate in this class in-person. You should not expect to be able to attend class remotely or to access class recordings. Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the instructor’s discretion. If you are unwilling or unable to commit to attending and participating in person over the duration of the semester, you should seek alternative options for all-remote or online courses. (For assistance with finding alternative classes, please contact your advisor and/or the History Advisor, Hayes Moore,


The History Department does not have a formal policy regarding dropping students for non-attendance; individual faculty may make their own policies. If you no longer plan to finish a course, you should personally drop the course on BuffPortal prior to the drop deadline. Do not rely on your professor to drop you from the course. If you stop attending a course without officially dropping the course, you will receive an "F" at the end of the semester. Please note that although not dropping a student for non-attendance is most common, individual faculty may decide to drop students for non-attendance if there are chronic attendance issues. Classes will be notified of this decision before drops are made. 

Waitlisted Courses

The waitlists on most 1000, 3000, and 4000-level history courses are re-sequenced to give the highest priority to history majors. Many waitlists are also re-sequenced according to class standing. 2000-level courses are not re-sequenced and use automatic (first-come, first-served) waitlists. For most classes, about 10% of originally enrolled students will drop within the first week of the semester. If you're in a class of 200, there may be as many as 20 students who drop the class, allowing 20 students from the waitlist to join the course. Remember, there is no guarantee that you will get into a class from a waitlist.


A grade of "Incomplete" is given at the discretion of individual faculty members. In order to receive a grade of Incomplete in a course, you must discuss your reasons with your professor prior to the completion of the grading cycle, have supporting documentation if requested, and fill out a completion plan which will be kept on file in the department office until you have completed the course. Generally you will have up to one year in which to complete your incomplete, however if a professor requests a shorter completion period, that decision supersedes the one-year norm. If you do not complete the work in the time agreed on, you will receive an "F" for the course.

CU Boulder Academic Integrity Policy  CU Boulder Honor Code