The answer is yes for the 55 students who were enrolled in Dr. Keith Harrison’s diversity and social issues in sport/entertainment class this past semester.

Harrison has a strict mandatory attendance policy that requires all students to attend unless a family emergency or serious illness is supported with documentation. The policy also states that an unexcused absence will result in a full letter grade deduction for each time they are absent.

Harrison explained that the purpose of his attendance policy was to involve every student so that they actively participated and would run things like a team.

“It keeps them involved and facilitates their learning,” Harrison said. “And I just had a group that clicked and they got really close.”

In Harrison’s 19 years as a faculty member at Washington State University, University of Michigan, Arizona State University and for the last five years at UCF, he said this was the first time that perfect attendance for the semester has ever happened.