Policy Number: D4.0
Policy Name: ATTENDANCE
A. FACULTY AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
- Faculty members are not required to maintain formal attendance records of students in their classes. As cases of serious absences become known, the student's advisor or department should be notified.
In those sponsored programs which require class attendance of students, it is the student's responsibility to request weekly verification of attendance. In such programs the faculty are expected to honor such requests.
- Each faculty member is required to check and to correct class lists every quarter as directed by the registrar.
- Each advisor or department head should conduct an exit interview with withdrawing students. For the student's benefit, the advisor or department head should make certain that the student has completed all official withdrawal procedures. Non-attendance does not constitute an official withdrawal and may result in a failing grade.
- Student Health Services will notify the department or school concerned when it is known that a student will be absent for several days, or an extended period, because of illness.
- It is the responsibility of all students to attend their scheduled classes regularly and punctually in order to promote their progress and to maintain conditions conducive to effective learning.
- Absences, for whatever reason, do not relieve students of their responsibility for fulfilling normal requirements in any course. In particular, it is the student's responsibility to make individual arrangements in advance of missing class due to personal obligations such as religious holidays, job interviews, athletic contests, etc., in order that he or she may meet his or her obligations without penalty for missing class.
- A student is not required to file excuses for absences unless expected to do so by the instructor.
B. EXPULSION OF STUDENTS FROM CLASS
An instructor may expel a student from class for no more than one class session. If the instructor wishes to exclude the student for a longer period, a recommendation must be made in writing to the head of the department in which the student is registered. The written recommendation must include all supporting information. Appeal of a sustained expulsion for longer than one class session can be made by the student to the dean of the college in which the course is offered and/or the Academic Conduct Committee of that college, with a final appeal available to the Institute Appeals Board.
Responsible Office: Office of the Provost
Effective Date: Approved December 1960
Edited October 2010