Attendance Policy

Each meeting of a class is considered a session. Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class session. Students arriving 5 to 20 minutes late for any class session are considered tardy. Three tardies equal one unexcused absence.

Arriving more than 20 minutes late or missing an entire class session is considered an absence. This applies to all classes, regardless of class length, whether they are a 1.5 hour, 3 hour or 6 hour session.

Students who do not return to class after break or who leave early without instructor permission may be counted absent.

Three unexcused absences may result in the reduction of one whole grade from the earned grade. Four unexcused absences may equal failure in the course.

An absence may be excused if there is a medical reason, family emergency or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. Students seeking an excused absence may take their documentation to the Academic Advising and Counseling Center. The Center will send a written notice to the student’s instructor(s) and department administrator notifying them that the documentation is on file. The final determination of whether an absence(s) will be excused is left to the discretion of the student's instructor(s).