Texas Tech University


Overview of Responsibilities

  • Maintain enrollment in at least one other college level course.
  • Attend and participate in each class session (review the following attendance policy).
  • Purchase all required resources promptly.
  • Make sure your personal contact information is continually updated in the My Tech, Raiderlink.ttu.edu system.
  • Apply skills learned in PADR while preparing for your other classes.
  • Notify your instructor ahead of time, as well as all your professors, by phone or email if you will be missing class.
  • Arrange with your instructor in advance to make up work for planned absences.
  • Remain in the PADR course for its duration.


  • Attendance is mandatory.
  • Attendance is monitored daily by instructors through attendance/roll sheets.
  • Students will be notified of all recorded absences reported by instructors.
  • One courtesy warning e-mail notification will be sent to the students' current TTU e-mail address after each absence. A final courtesy notification will be sent when a student meets or exceeds the absence limit. Failure to receive e-mails is no excuse for not complying with the Attendance Policy. It is the student's responsibility to maintain correct and current e-mail, local and permanent addresses on file with Texas Tech University.
  • ONLY five (5) absences are allowed during a given term. An excess of these allotted absences will necessitate an Appeal of Withdrawal.
  • Students are only allowed ONE appeal per semester per course.


Five absences are allotted in any given term.
An absence is defined as any of the following:

  • Failing to attend a scheduled class
  • Missing 10 or more minutes of a scheduled class
  • Failing to sign the PADR attendance sheet

Please note:It is important to use absences only when absolutely necessary in order to preserve them for emergencies.

Withdrawal from PADR

Students who are enrolled in PADR as a condition of a return from suspension and are dropped from a PADR class because of non-attendance will be withdrawn from the University. Subsequent readmission to Texas Tech University will prompt students in these cases to re-enroll in PADR. Students who are enrolled in PADR as a condition of academic probation (not returning from suspension) and are dropped from a PADR class because of non-attendance will not be dropped from all other courses. These students will be required to repeat PADR until successful completion and will be required to pay the course fee for each term registered in PADR.

Appealing Your Withdrawal

You may appeal your drop from PADR. Refer to the PADR Withdrawal Appeal Procedure for instructions on how to file an appeal. For further information, contact the PADR Office (Holden Hall 56). If you are filing an appeal, you must continue to attend class; continue to sign the roll (add your name at the bottom if you are not on the list). If you accrue a seventh absence (spring or fall) or a fifth absence (summer terms) any time during or after the appeal process you will be automatically dropped.

Grading System

PADR courses are graded as Developmental Pass/Fail. In order to receive a "DP" for this course, students must earn at least 750 out of a total of 1000 points. Students should aim to complete the majority of assignments on time in order to pass.

Late Assignments

Late assignments are accepted and met with penalties according to each instructor's policy. Students wondering about late assignments should speak with the instructor of their particular PADR course.

Consequences of Failure

Students who fail PADR will be required to repeat the course until successful completion. Additionally, students will be required to pay the course fee and purchase the course materials each semester of enrollment.

Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive and/or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated as stated in the Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom or towards the PADR instructor or PADR staff shall result, minimally, in a request that the student leave class with one or more of the following consequences:

  1. any work missed having to be made up.
  2. a disciplinary absence or grade point deduction allocated by the instructor.
  3. a meeting with the instructor, coordinator, director, a representative from the academic school or college, or representative from the Dean of Students Office.
  4. mandated meetings with University programs such as the Student Counseling Center, Wellness Center, Dean of Students office, etc.
  5. immediate disciplinary drop from the PADR course and referrals made to the Dean of Students Office and the student's academic dean and academic advisor concerning continued study at Texas Tech University.

Disabled Students

Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor's office hours. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, you may contact the Student Disability Services office in 335 West Hall or 806-742-2405.


Students who will incur an absence in PADR due to an emergency or unforeseen circumstance should contact their PADR instructor immediately to explain the situation.

PADR Moral Code

Any violation of honesty or integrity will not be tolerated. The highest form of punishment will be sought in accordance with the University Student Affairs Handbook, Code of Student Conduct.

Programs for Academic Development & Retention

  • Address

    Texas Tech University, Drane Hall, Room 217, Mail Stop 45020, Lubbock, TX 79409
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