While most instructors have their own protocols for taking attendance, your department may have a formal position on how they would like attendance to be tracked.  Please check with your Department Chair about their current protocol.

Federal law requires that we be able to verify the attendance of students receiving financial aid.  If you do not wish to take daily attendance, please record the dates of assignments, exams, etc. so that some documentation exists of the last date of attendance for “disappearing” students.