Ohio U. Professor Will Take Any Excuse for Students' Absences

Oversleep? Have a date? Just felt like skipping class? That's fine, says an Ohio University journalism professor, as long as you tell him.

Michael J. Bugeja will let anyone skip his class in journalism ethics as long as he knows why."It's not about attendance," he says of his unusual policy."It's about trust. I teach students that they don't have to lie to get out of things."

Dr. Bugeja started his policy in 1992, after his annoyance grew at the task of taking daily attendance