Attendance, Grading, & Medical Waivers
Physical Education is a graduation requirement for Columbia College and SEAS 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.
- To see your course's allowed absence total, check out the PHED Course Schedule.
- Attendance is recorded from the first day of classes, late additions must meet the full attendance requirements.
- 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 Withdrawal (W) if course requirements are not completed.
- Make up classes are rarely permitted and must be approved by your instructor, or the Director of Physical Education.
- If a student wishes to complete a makeup for a class missed due to medical reasons, they must communicate their desire no more than 1 week after the absence. Students must arrange for a make-up class with the instructor or the Director of Physical Education 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, scheduled appointments) will count toward your course absence limit.
- Students who anticipate attendance problems should contact their instructors and/or the Physical Education department.
Fall 2023 - First Day of Classes
All classes will meet for the first week of PHED, at the scheduled class time. See your Courseworks page for more information. See a list of courses and locations here.
Physical Education Courses begin the week of:
September 11 - 15
Hiking – Zoom orientation will be held this weekend, September 16 - 17. Zoom link can be found in Courseworks
Mindful Walking – Will begin on TBD
Beginner and Intermediate Sailing – Will begin on September 15
- CC / SEAS students can all add themselves to the waitlist for any PHED class.
- Starting mid-January, GS / BC students will be able to add themselves to the waitlists for spring courses.
- Registration off the waitlist is dependent on space becoming available (students dropping). To increase your chances of enrollment, you must both be on the waitlist and attend the first 1-2 classes.
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 Jeff Ryder (ph[email protected]), Director of Physical Education and Recreation.
- In some situations, students may require an evaluation by a clinician at Columbia Health in order to receive a waiver. In consultation with the Director, Physical Education and Recreation, students may be instructed to email Dr. Melanie Bernitz, Senior Vice President Columbia Health, who facilitates these evaluations. All evaluation requests are considered but approval is not guaranteed.
- [email protected]
- Subject line: Request for Swim Requirement / PHED Requirement Waiver
- The waiver request deadline for Fall 2023 is September 25th, 2023.