College Attendance Policy
Every student is expected to participate in each of his/her courses through regular attendance at lecture and laboratory sessions. It is further expected that every student will be present on time and prepared to participate when scheduled class sessions begin.
At the first class meeting of a semester, instructors are expected to distribute in writing the attendance policies which apply to their courses. While attendance itself is not used as a criterion for academic evaluations, grading is frequently based on participation in class discussion, laboratory work, performance, studio practice, field experience or other activities which may take place during class sessions. If these areas for evaluation make class attendance essential, the student may be penalized for failure to perform satisfactorily in the required activities.
Students who must miss classes due to participation in a field trip, athletic event or other official college function should arrange with their instructors for such class absences well in advance. The Office of Academic Affairs will verify, upon request, the dates of and participants in such college functions. In every instance, however, the student has responsibility to initiate arrangements for makeup work.
(approved through governance 1985-86)
Students are expected to attend class and complete assignments as schedule, to avoid outside conflicts (if possible), and to enroll only in those classes that they can expect to attend on a regular basis. Absences from class are handled between students and instructors. The instructor may require documentation to substantiate the reason for the absence. The instructor should provide make-up opportunities for student absences caused by illness, injury, death in the family, observation of religious holidays, and similarly compelling personal reasons, including physical disabilities. For lengthy absences, make-up opportunities might not be feasible and are at the discretion of the instructor.
The Office of Academic Affairs will notify the faculty of the dates of religious holidays on which large numbers of students are likely to be absent and are, therefore, unsuitable for the scheduling of examinations. Students have the responsibility of notifying the instructors in advance of expected absences.
In cases of absences for a week or more, students are to notify their instructors immediately. If they are unable to do so they may contact the Office of Records and Registration. The records and registration office will notify the instructor of the student's absence. The notification is not an excuse but simply a service provided by the Office of Records and Registration. Notifications cannot be acted upon if received after an absence. In every insurance the student has the responsibility to initiate arrangements for make-up work.
(approved through governance 1993-94)
Also see section on Faculty Attendance