Students are expected to attend each class session, to arrive on time, and to remain for the entire class session. Faculty will record attendance from the first day of the semester. Excessive absences, regardless of the reason or circumstance, may interfere with the student’s ability to successfully complete the requirements of the course. In such cases, the student should withdraw from the class before the last date to drop with a grade of “W”. Withdrawal from class may affect eligibility for federal financial aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for information.
When a student is absent from class, the student is responsible for all material covered in class and for any assignments made in class. The instructor is not required to review with the student any material missed as a result of being absent, nor is the instructor required to notify a student if the student is in danger of a lowered grade due to any graded work missed. The instructor is not required to provide an opportunity for makeup. The instructor’s policies regarding makeup work shall be clearly defined in the syllabus to be distributed on the first day of class.
Administrative Withdrawal for Failure to Attend Class
Before the published drop date (last day to withdraw with a “W”), a student may be dropped (withdrawn) administratively from any course for failure to attend class when the student has missed more than 20% of the total hours that the class meets. However, no student may be administratively withdrawn after the last day to withdraw with a “W” as published in the college calendar. The number of absences resulting in administrative withdrawal may differ in programs that lead to board licensure or certification, but must be clearly stated in the course syllabus. Administrative withdrawal from class may affect eligibility for federal financial aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for information. Students who are administratively withdrawn from a class will also be withdrawn from all co-requisite classes, if any. Instructors using the Administrative Withdrawal Policy shall include and clearly define the policy in the course syllabus.
Administrative Withdrawal Appeal
- Students who have been dropped for failure to attend may submit, in writing, an appeal to the course faculty member.
- Faculty members will evaluate the appeal for extenuating circumstances and will notify the student within five working days as to the outcome of the appeal.
- If a student is to be allowed to return to class, the faculty member must submit a request to the student records office for the student to be re-enrolled.
- If a student is not allowed to return to class, the student may file a written appeal to the appropriate department chair who will notify the student within five working days as to the outcome of the appeal.
- If the matter cannot be resolved at the department chair level, the student may make a written appeal to the appropriate instructional dean. The decision of the instructional dean will be communicated to the student within five working days from the date the written appeal is received.
Attendance policies for Hybrid and Online courses are the same as other courses. Attendance requirements in programs that lead to board licensure or certification may differ from this policy.