Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend class regularly and to accept responsibility for all assigned work. Students who have been absent from as many as one-third of the total class sessions for a course are considered to have failed the course and are suspended from it.

Instructors set class attendance policies within these limits. Class sessions missed because of late registration are counted as absences. Students who fail to attend a course during the first week of classes (prorated for other terms) may be dropped from the class. Students may petition the Academic Concerns Committee to be readmitted to class if there are extenuating circumstances.

Students forced to miss classes for an extended period shall notify the Office of the Registrar. Faculty members are encouraged to notify the executive director of student success after one week of absences and expected to notify the executive director for students who are absent from class for a period of two weeks. Faculty members are also expected to notify the executive director of student success in the case of excessive absences. Students who are absent from class for a period of two weeks are considered to have administratively withdrawn from that course and receive a grade of F. If students have been unable to notify the institution for reasons beyond their control, they may petition the Academic Concerns Committee for a waiver of these policies.

Group Absences

Occasionally class absences result from a field trip scheduled for another course or from an authorized co-curricular activity which falls within class hours. Students who participate in co-curricular activities which may require class absences should regularly attend class so that absences for co-curricular activities do not lead to course failure. Such group absences do not excuse students from their obligations to their regularly scheduled courses, and it is the students’ responsibility to complete all requirements in a manner satisfactory to their instructors. Field trips normally are not scheduled during the first or last week of classes.