2020-2021 Catalog


According to college policy, students must attend every class meeting; however, it is recognized that circumstances some- times make this impossible. For this reason, the number of absences in a course during one semester must not exceed the number of hours the class meets a week. In an online course, students must log in and participate on a weekly basis.

If the instructor believes that class absences have impaired the student’s learning and performance, or if a student in an online course has not logged in and participated for more than one week, the student may be encouraged to withdraw from the class with a grade of “W,” “WP,” or “WF,” depending on the student’s academic standing and date in the semester. Faculty- initiated student withdrawals will pertain to administrative withdrawal only.

When a student must be absent from class for a week or more, the student should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. For absences of less than a week for illness or other emergencies, the student should notify the instructor prior to the absence, if possible and discuss the absence with the instructor as soon as possible before returning to class. A course syllabus may provide more information regarding absences.

Every student is responsible for the content and assignments in every class session, regardless of the reason for missing the class. Traditionally, students remain in class for 10 minutes, after which the class may be considered to be canceled if the instructor has not arrived.