Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. Experience demonstrates that regular attendance contributes to academic success. Absence interferes with learning and communication between instructor and student.

The instructor of a course is in the best position to judge the effect of any absence on the progress of a student in that course; hence, it is the instructor’s prerogative to report excessive absence, to recommend withdrawal or to drop a student from the course when, in the instructor’s judgment, such absence has seriously interfered with learning.

Absence due to illness or absence due to participation in a college-sponsored activity certainly introduces the element of extenuating circumstance and presumably will be factors in the instructor’s judgment.

Make-up work for absence of any kind must be completed to the satisfaction of the instructor. All instructors recognize the unavoidable nature of illness, and it is institutional policy to support and encourage student involvement in significant activities and experiences outside the classroom. Even so, no absence, whatever the reason, relieves the student of responsibility for completing all work assigned.

Each instructor will, through the course syllabus and the official course outline of record, establish the grading criteria; specify the written course of objectives and the standards for attendance in each class.

Attendance at First Class Meeting

It is extremely important for a student to attend the first class meeting after their registration. Instructors are authorized to drop students who do not appear for the first class meeting to make room for others who desire to take the class.