As you define class participation, you might consider the following:
Participating in class discussions or activities
Posting online resources for peers
Participating in online discussion threads
Completing lab assignments
Logging hours in an art studio
Participating in group projects
Quality of questions asked
Meeting with faculty during office hours
Are students expected to attend all classes?
What is an excused absence? (e.g. illness, religious holidays, team games)?
If students are ill, do you require a doctor's note as validation?
Can students make up missed work or exams?
What are the consequences of excessive absences?
Policy on Collaborative Work
For courses that emphasize teamwork and collaboration, it helps to be very clear with students when an assignment or activity is not meant to be discussed with others in the class. When exams, papers and outside work is intended to reflect only the students own work, clearly stating this policy can avoid problems with academic integrity violation. View a copy of the AU Academic Integrity Code.