Attendance Requirements

The following attendance requirements shall apply to all students enrolled in Curriculum programs:

Students are expected to attend and be on time for all scheduled classes and labs. Students should refer to the course syllabus for individual course attendance requirements. At the faculty’s discretion, students may make up work missed. When students must be absent, it is vital that they remain in contact with faculty.

Any student who has not attended at least one face-to-face class meeting or completed one assignment/activity for an online class by the date in which ten percent (10%) of the class has passed will be reported by the faculty as “no show”. A student who has never attended a class by the ten percent (10%) date is no longer enrolled in the class and will not earn credit. The student will receive a grade of “WA” which will not be included in the grade point average, but will appear on the students transcript. A “WA” will not have an impact on Financial Aid.

Under extenuating circumstances, a student who has never attended by the ten percent (10%) date may petition for reinstatement in the class and earn course credit. The student should notify the faculty, in writing, of the extenuating circumstances prior to the ten percent (10%) date of the class and provide compelling documentation to support the request for reinstatement. Reinstatement will only be considered by the faculty when the absences were due to unforeseeable and uncontrollable circumstances. The faculty’s decision regarding reinstatement may be appealed to the appropriate Dean within two (2) business days. The Dean’s decision is final. Students reported as “no show” may request to have their status changed to “audit”.

Any student who has been absent for two consecutive weeks in a 16-week term or one week in shorter academic terms will be administratively withdrawn from the course. A student in an online or hybrid course will be administratively withdrawn following two consecutive weeks in a 16-week term (or one week in shorter academic terms) of missed assignments, missed attendance (for hybrid), and lack of communication with the faculty regarding course participation. Consistent with policies establishing attendance in online courses, logging into a course site but failing to perform the aforementioned actions does not constitute attendance. A grade of “W” will be assigned for any course from which the student is administratively withdrawn. Administrative withdrawals will be allowed up to the published Administrative Withdrawal deadline each semester (approximately the 75% point of the semester). Thereafter, the earned grade will be posted.

Under extenuating circumstances, a student may petition, in writing, the faculty, for reinstatement in the course upon demonstrating the capacity and likelihood of satisfactorily completing requirements as indicated on the course syllabus. Reinstatement will only be considered when the absence was due to unforeseeable and uncontrollable circumstances. Tuition refunds or credits will not result from an administrative withdrawal.

A student’s absence while participating in a College-sponsored or approved activity will be considered an excused absence for participating students. Such excused absences will not be considered in the students’ class attendance for drop purposes, nor will excused absences be included in the determination of a grade for “participation” of which class attendance is a part. The responsibility for making up class work rests entirely with the student. All assignments, tests, labs, class time and final exams to be missed due to College sponsored or approved activity will be rescheduled prior to the excused absences or otherwise rescheduled at the discretion of the faculty.

The College provides reasonable accommodations, including a minimum of two (2) excused absences each academic year, for religious observances required by a student’s religious practice or belief. Such reasonable accommodations must be requested in accordance with the procedures for this Policy and include the opportunity for the student to make up any tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for a religious observance. An accommodation request imposes responsibilities and obligations on both the College and the student requesting the accommodation. College faculty are required, as part of their responsibility to their students and the College, to adhere to this Policy and ensure its full and fair implementation by reasonably accommodating students’ religious practices or beliefs. Regardless of any accommodation that may be granted, College students are responsible for satisfying all academic objectives, requirements and prerequisites as determined by their instructor and the College.

  1. Academic year: The sequence of fall, spring and summer semesters.
  2. Reasonable accommodation: Any change in an academic course or program of study with respect to the way tasks or responsibilities are customarily done that enables a student to observe his/her religious practice or belief without creating an undue hardship.
  3. Religious practice or belief: A practice or observance that is sincerely held within the tenants of that religious belief.
  4. Undue hardship: An accommodation that would require significant expense or difficulty for the College or would result in the inability of the student to perform an essential function of his or her course/program of study. The determination of undue hardship is dependent on the facts of each individual situation.

The following attendance requirements shall apply to all College students enrolled in Workforce/CE programs:

Attendance in Workforce programs/CE may be determined by the appropriate credentialing agency. Students must be enrolled in membership hour classes prior to and through the 10% point of the class.