Students are expected to be punctual and to attend all classes for which they are registered. Instructors will keep an accurate record of class attendance. Class attendance is calculated from the first officially scheduled class meeting through the last scheduled meeting. Students may not miss more than 10 percent of the scheduled class time. If a student misses more than 10 percent of the class time, the instructor can recommend that the student be dropped from the class, through the 60% attendance point of the term completed. Students will not be dropped for lack of attendance during the last 40% attendance point of the term completed. The student has earned the right to a letter grade at this point.

Any student arriving late for class or leaving early before the scheduled ending time will be marked tardy. Three tardies are equivalent to one absence from class. NOTE: Special attendance policies may be required for some programs. Students anticipating an absence or tardiness should contact the instructor in advance. If a student misses class, they should (a) provide the instructor with appropriate documentation indicating the reason for absences; (b) request make-up assignments from instructor(s) upon returning to class (es); and (c) complete make-up work within a reasonable length of time.

Excused Absences

The following are considered excusable provided documentation is shown to the instructor on return to college:

  • Personal illness (physician’s excuse)
  • Serious illness or injury to a member of the immediate family (physician’s statement)
  • Death in family
  • Military duty (military orders)
  • Jury duty (copy of summons)

An excused absence allows your instructor to work with you to complete missed assignments and/or tests. An excused absence is considered part of the 10% of allowed absences from a class.

"No-show" Attendance Policy

The definition of a "no-show" is a student who is registered for a class and meets one of the following criteria:

  • Does not attend the first three class sessions of any course that meets daily.
  • Does not attend the first two class sessions of a course that meets twice a week.
  • Does not attend the first class session of a course that meets once a week.

Any student reported as a "no-show" by an instructor will be administratively removed from that class and will not be eligible for reinstatement in the current term. Absences from class due to financial aid or non-payment count toward the 10% of allowed class absences.

Make-up Work

Except in cases of extended absences, students must make up work missed during an excused absence within five days or according to a plan devised by the instructor.

Assignments Missed During Disciplinary Suspension

When a student is suspended for disciplinary reasons, the student will be allowed to make up assignments and tests. It is the student's responsibility to schedule all make-up work at the convenience of the instructor.