… is ridiculous. Seriously, ridiculous. Attendance is recorded in every class and HBS (essentially) threatens to dock your grade if you miss a single one! And nothing’s excused.
- Sell Weekend? Unexcused.
- Interview? Unexcused.
- Conference? Unexcused.
- Wedding Outside Direct Family? Unexcused.
- Funeral Outside Direct Family? Unexcused.
And my favorite: “Stuck in an airport?” Unexcused. I’m trying to head back from the Bain Sell Weekend right now (on Sunday) and the outgoing flight board looks like this:
Bleeding red! I’ve done a lot of travel in my previous job, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen something as bad as this. My flight was supposed to leave at 10am. We ended up leaving at 1pm. We sat on the runway until 5pm, then returned to the gate. It was taking 45mins to deice a single plane! Incredible:
Needless to say, there are tens of thousands of people marooned this weekend, with no other availability on flights heading to within 200 miles of Boston tonight or tomorrow. Looks like it’s time to notify my professors and bite-the-bullet. As far as I know, this type of strict policy is completely unique among business schools. The HBS justification is that “because the case method is so highly dependent on class participation, attendance is necessary for value”. I can understand that, but I wish there was a bit more flexibility built into this system.