Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Attendance during the first week of classes is particularly important.  If a student is deemed not in attendance or not engaged in a class during that first week they will be administratively withdrawn from that class.  This may impact tuition and financial aid.  

A student who finds it necessary to be absent from class should, as a matter of courtesy, inform the instructor in advance of the absence. If absences occur, it is the student's responsibility to make up the work missed and to contact the instructor in regard to the missed work. Permission to make up any type of course assignments may be granted at the discretion of the instructor. Each faculty member is required to establish and monitor the attendance policy for each of the assigned courses they teach. The attendance policy must be stated in the syllabus and distributed the first day of class, or stated on a separate attendance policy sheet and distributed the first day of class. An instructor may lower a student's grade due to excessive absences, because in many classes the student's presence and participation are important in completing the work of the class and achieving success in the course. In some instances, excessive absences will result in poor grades, withdrawal from the course or failure.

Before withdrawing a student from a class due to absences, it is advisable for the instructor to notify the student. However, attending classes and monitoring the number of absences accumulated are the responsibility of the student.

Students who are administratively withdrawn from a class may, within five business days from the date of the withdrawal, file an appeal with the Academic Review Board (ARB) through the Senior Director of the Academic Success and Advising Center (ASAC). Upon receipt of the appeal, the Senior Director of the ASAC will notify the respective faculty member or members, and the student, by policy, will be allowed to attend and participate in the class or classes until the appeal is heard. Both the student and the faculty member or members will be notified of the hearing and invited to attend said meeting. The student is required to attend the appeal meeting except in unusual circumstances. If either the instructor or student is unable to attend the appeal meeting, they are expected to submit in writing relevant information to the ARB. At the hearing, the student is entitled to be accompanied by their academic advisor and/or an appropriate member of the University’s support staff. After hearing the appeal, the ARB will make its decision in executive session. The decision of the ARB is final.