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Class Attendance Policy

Absences are a serious deterrent to good scholarship; it is impossible to receive instruction, obtain knowledge or gain skills when absent. Although there are numerous reasons for absences such as personal illness, death in the family, work conflicts, or unexpected emergencies, all absences will be counted in the 20% maximum. A student, who, during a term, incurs in any course absences in excess of twenty percent (20%) of the class hours for that course may be withdrawn from the course (without credit). Students who have not attended class at least once by the 10% date of the course will be withdrawn by the instructor as "never attended."

Absences may be considered legitimate and eligible for makeup at the discretion of the instructor. The student is responsible for seeing the instructor, giving the reason for the absences, and requesting a make-up assignment. This is to include students on rotating shift work schedules.

An instructor may refuse admission to class to any student who arrives more than ten minutes late to a class. One-half day’s absence will be counted if a student leaves thirty minutes or more early.

Some classes may have a more restrictive attendance policy which will be noted in the class syllabus. Attendance policy described in syllabi will be the official policy for that class.