Course Participation Confirmation

At Wayne State University, we believe that ongoing participation is key to finishing class successfully and graduating on time which is why we take an active role in student success. Each of your instructors will confirm your participation soon after class begins and share that information with your academic advisor, the registrar and Financial Aid.

What is confirmation of participation?

Confirmation of participation is a process by which instructors report to the university that a student is engaged in their course. This is not a subjective judgment on the perceived quality of participation; you are not being "graded" on it. It is simply a question of whether students are participating. Participation can include:

  • Joining discussions on Canvas
  • Handing in homework

  • Taking a quiz

  • Attending class

  • Participating in a class study group or on a group project

Why does Wayne State confirm participation?

Early engagement is key to succeeding in class and graduating on time. Confirming participation helps provide information to your advisors early in the semester so they can advise you more effectively. Wayne State also is obligated to follow governmental rules and regulations regarding federal financial aid, one of which is that the university must document participation in order to allow students to keep their aid.

How does Wayne State University confirm participation?

Your instructor will confirm your participation early in the semester. It is important to go to each class meeting to ensure that your participation is confirmed.

What's a PIN, and what do I do with it?

For classes with 75 students or more, or Web/Hybrid/Arranged Sections, your instructor may provide a PIN to confirm your participation. If they do, go to Academica and click Student Resources. Click Course Participation Status, find the class for which you received a PIN, and type it in. Your instructor will be notified to confirm your participation.

How do I know if my instructor has confirmed my participation?

Go to Academica and click Student Resources. Click Course Participation Status. You'll see the list of the courses you're registered for, along with the status of each course. If you're confirmed (Green), there's nothing else you need to do.

What happens if I don't participate or it is not confirmed by my instructor?

If your instructor does not confirm your participation, Financial Aid will adjust your aid based on the number of credit hours confirmed, meaning your aid package could be reduced. If you have already received a refund based on the credits for an unconfirmed course, you may end up with an account balance that must be repaid.

I have been participating, but my instructor hasn't confirmed it yet.  What should I do? 

You can check your status of your confirmations online in Academica. If you have been participating, but it is not yet indicated (Yellow), it is important to reach out to your instructor and ask that they confirm. Otherwise, you risk being dropped from the class and possibly having your financial aid recalculated.  

What if I'm not able to be here during the first two weeks?

In the future, you should plan attending class when it starts. However, if circumstances keep you from physically attending at the start of the semester, you must reach out to your instructors immediately and work out arrangements to interact with course material in those opening weeks. Not being engaged at all is not an option for success, and you may be dropped from the class if you aren't participating. 

When does all this happen? 

Your instructor cannot confirm your participation until class has started, so be sure to go to class! We are working with instructors to get you confirmed early in the semester.

What else can I do?

The first step is to go to class and actively participate. Ask questions. Talk to your classmates and instructors. Read your books and finish your assignments on time. You must continue to remain involved. If you continue to be concerned about your progress, there are a few things you can do:

  • Talk to your instructor. Your instructor is key to your success. Follow up with them on any questions you have or material you do not understand. Your instructors are happy to help, so take advantage of office hours or send an email.  
  • Reach out to your academic advisor. Your advisor can help you with tips on studying, advice on approaching course material, and how to ask your instructor for help. They can also steer you to other resources, such as:

  • Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring  Your course may have a supplemental instruction module or tutors may be available to help.  

  • Student Disability Services  It's possible some sort of accommodation might help you succeed. SDS can help with this.  

  • Check your WSU email every day. You will receive many important messages from your professors and fellow students. It is your responsibility to keep up with them.

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