Freshman Attendance-Based Initiative (FABI) was begun in the Fall of 2001. This program targets freshmen attendance in lower division courses. Using our FABI web-based reporting tool, instructors report freshmen who have been absent three times. The CSSFYE downloads that information weekly and notifies each student’s Residence Hall Director of the students’ absences. No specific information is given to the RHD except for the students’ names and the fact that one or more instructor is concerned about their repeated absences.
FABI relies on the cooperation of faculty to report students’ absences and residence hall staff to contact students. We have had positive results from this program. Sometimes when students know their absence is noticed, they feel more incentive to attend. Other times, it is simply a mistake with a schedule and we are able to resolve the mistake easily by working with the Registrar’s office or the Dean’s office of the College or School in which the student is enrolled.
The information regarding absences is only accessible to the faculty member who reports and the CSSFYE. Residence hall staff members do not get specific information. Nor is this information shared with parents. We protect the privacy of students as required by FERPA regulations.
If you teach classes in which freshmen are enrolled, please report those freshmen with three or more absences through the Freshman Absence Reporting in Class Info tab for Faculty.To access this feature, please login to myOleMiss. This secure website will allow you to view your class roll and simply click on the student’s name and number of cumulative absences. Further, we ask that you report absences as they occur so that our intervention will be timely and most effective. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or the students you report, please call the CSSFYE (x5970) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The success of this program depends on your involvement. We appreciate your commitment to this initiative.
Students: If you believe your absences have been reported in error, please come in to the CSSFYE so that we can work together to resolve the misunderstanding. If they have been reported correctly and you would like to talk with us about how the University can help you, please come in – we would like to work with you and get you the assistance you want.
Parents / Guardians
We understand that you want to help your student be successful and we understand that no one is more concerned for your student than you. If you would like information on your students’ absences, please talk with them. Open, honest communication is the best means of obtaining that information. You are your student’s best ally, advisor, and supporter.