Columbia | Physical Education & Recreation

at The Dodge Fitness Center

Attendance & Grading

Physical Education is a graduation requirement  for Columbia College and Engineering students at Columbia University.     

Grading in Physical Education

  • All Physical Education courses are Pass/Fail

  • Students who fulfill attendance/participation will receive a pass (P) for Physical Education.
  • See your course's allowed absence total HERE.

  • SEAS Students who miss more than the permissible number of classes and who do not drop the course by the OFFICIAL DROP DEADLINE will be given an unofficial withdrawal (UW).
  • CC Students who miss more than the permissible number of classes and who do not drop the course by the OFFICIAL DROP DEADLINE will be given an Administrative Referral (AR), and a final grade of Withdrawl (W) if course requirements are not completed. 
  •  Make up classes are rarely permitted, and must be approved by your instructor of Professor Lade. 
  • Occasionally, ALL physical education students will be notified by Professor Lade via email, of optional make up opportunities.
  • If a student is to be excused from a class for medical reasons, he/she must provide a doctor’s note and arrange for a make-up class with the instructor or Professor Lade within two weeks of their absence or the absence will count toward their absence total.
  • It is the policy of the University to respect its members' observances of their major religious holidays.  However, the student is responsible for the participation time missed during those days.  If a student is to be excused from a class for religious reasons, he/she must arrange for a make-up class with the instructor or Departmental representative prior to the holiday.
  • Please note that all planned absences (job/grad school interviews etc.)  will count toward your course absence limit.
  • Students who anticipate attendance problems should contact their instructors and/or the Physical Education department

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First Day of Classes

Physical Education Classes begin the week of  Monday, January 23rd*
M/W Classes: January 23rd 
T/Th Classes: January 24th 
Friday Classes: January 27th
 
  • Unless indicated otherwise by your instructor,  all students who have registered for a PHED course should report to the lobby of Levien Gymnasium, on the second floor of the Dodge Fitness Center,   at their assigned class time for orientation.   *Students enrolled or on the wait list for a Hiking, Ski, or Sailing course will receive an e-mail with dates and instructions from their instructor*
  • Following the orientation, students will be given attendance credit and will also have the option of acquiring a daily lock/towel service for a fee of $38 ($20 will be refunded at the end of the semester for students who pass the course).
  • Waitlisted students are encourged to attend the first day of class.  Students attending the first  day of class will be given  preference in being added to the course as spots are available. 

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Requirement Waiver Due to Medical Condition

  • Students who request to have their physical education activities limited or waived because of a medical condition should contact Professor Lade, Chair of Physical Education (al3524@columbia.edu).

  • In some situations, students may require an evaluation by a clinician at health Services at Columbia in order to receive a waiver. In consultation with Professor Lade, students may be instructed to contact Dr. Melanie Bernitz , Associate Vice President and Medical Director, Columbia Health , who facilitates these evaluations.
  • The waiver request deadline is Friday, March 10th, 2017.

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