Regular attendance in class and laboratory sessions is an obligation assumed by every
student at the time of registration. Regular attendance affords the student the opportunity
to acquire the content of the specific session and, over the length of the course,
the continuity of the professor’s plan for the presentation of the subject matter
in the course.
It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw when absences have been excessive.
Absence means nonattendance for whatever reason. It is the prerogative of the professor
to determine when absences are excessive. A guideline used by many professors to determine
when absences are excessive is twice the number of ;clock hours that the class meets
during a week, or a pro-rata value designed to relate to shorter than semester length
courses or practicum intensive programs. This is strictly a guideline and will vary
with each professor depending on the subject matter of the course or laboratory. The
professor may drop a student from a course if absences, in the opinion of the professor,
have placed the student’s success in jeopardy.
If there were extenuating circumstances related to the absences which resulted in
being dropped from a course, the student may petition the Division Dean within five
academic calendar days. The petition must contain an explanation of the absences,
progress in the course to date, and justification for reinstatement. If the absences
were due to illness, the petition must include a physician’s written confirmation
or a confirmation from the College Health Center. A student submitting a petition
may, with the permission of the professor, remain in class until the decision of the
Academic Standards and Policies Committee is reached. After considering the petition,
the Committee will make a recommendation to the professor. In all cases, the decision
of the professor is final.