2020-2021 Catalog Winter Update

Attendance Standards

Students must be registered for the classes they attend. Attendance requirements are determined by the course instructor. Students who do not meet the attendance requirement as determined by the instructor may be involuntarily removed from the course and may also risk loss of financial aid.

Students who fail to attend the first scheduled class meeting or who fail to contact the instructor regarding absence before the first scheduled class meeting, may, at the option of the instructor, be removed from the course. At the beginning of each course, the instructor will provide students with written attendance requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the instructor regarding “official absences.” Absences begin to accumulate with the first scheduled class meeting.

Students bear the responsibility of notifying the Admissions, Registration and Records Office when they discontinue studies in a course or at the college. Discontinuing class attendance and/or notifying the instructor is not an official drop/withdrawal.

Official absences are those that occur when students are involved in an official activity of the college - i.e., field trips, tournaments, athletic events - and present an absence-excuse form. Absences for such events shall not count against the number of absences allowed by an instructor or department.

In the event of the death of an immediate family member, absences for periods of up to one week will not be counted against the number of absences allowed by an instructor or department. Students should contact the instructor(s) as soon as possible to arrange for make-up work. Appropriate documentation may be required (for example, a copy of the obituary or funeral program). In specialized programs that require clinical rotations, this regulation may not apply.

Religious Holidays

Students shall have the right to observe major religious holidays without penalty or reprisal by any administrator, instructor, or employee of the college. Absences for such holidays shall not count against the number of absences allowed by an instructor or department. At least one week before the holiday, students shall submit to their instructor(s) a written statement that includes both the date of the holiday and the reason why class attendance is inconsistent with their religious beliefs and duties. Prior arrangements must be made with each instructor for make-up work. If prior arrangements have been made, the student will not be penalized.

Financial Aid Recipients

Federal regulations require class attendance. You must meet class attendance standards before federal financial aid disburses to your account. Class attendance standards include participation as defined by each instructor. To comply with this federal requirement, instructors will be monitoring and reporting your attendance status. Federal aid recipients reported as not meeting class attendance standards will be administratively dropped from those classes. In turn, your financial aid award will be reviewed to determine if the reduced number of credit hours will impact your financial aid eligibility. If an adjustment is required, the aid office will revise your award and notify you of this action.

Online and Blended Course Attendance

Online: 100% of your coursework will be completed online. You will not be required to attend class on campus but might be required to take proctored exams at an approved testing center.

Blended: 40-60% of your course attendance will be online. On campus attendance will be required with some reduced face-to-face time to account for the activities you are responsible for completing online (e.g., laboratory strategies require on campus attendance while the lecture/discussion portion may be partially online). Campus attendance will be pre-determined and specifically stated and explained in the class schedule and in the instructor’s class assignment schedule. In addition, you might be required to take proctored exams at an approved testing center.