Attending every class meeting is important to your success in college. Guidelines for attendance are established by the faculty within a department or program, with the approval of the divisional dean. Instructors provide students with that attendance policy in writing by the end of the first week of classes, including how excused and unexcused absences will affect grades. In the absence of an individual attendance policy stated on the syllabus, the following will be enforced:

Any absences in excess of six hours from a face-to-face course may result in withdrawal from the course, unless otherwise specified in the current course syllabus. In an eLearning course, the lack of any email contact, postings, or assignments for a one-week period may also be considered a three-hour absence, and will usually be handled the same way as the face-to-face class.

Please note that individual faculty, departments, and/or programs may enact more strenuous policies as specified in the course syllabus. Faculty members take attendance for each class session. It is the student’s responsibility to know the attendance policy in each class and laboratory.

Unless an announcement is made to the contrary, a class is considered dismissed if the instructor does not appear within fifteen minutes of the beginning of a class period. Students who expect to be absent for an extended period due to illness, accident, or other unavoidable problem should notify the vice president of Enrollment Services.

Students who attend a field trip should make arrangements with their other course instructors to make up any assignments missed on that day. Those who cannot attend classes, take an exam, study, or fulfill class assignments on a particular day because of their religious beliefs will be given an opportunity to make up their work at the convenience of the instructor. Students cannot be penalized for taking advantage of this right.  

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