Each faculty member has a stated policy on class attendance appearing on each course syllabus. The College holds that absences have consequences for student's grades. Those consequences are explained in each course syllabus.
Absence from class may negatively affect grades. This occurs in two ways. Faculty attendance policies penalize students for excessive absence. Second, students who miss class also miss information and classroom interactions that lead to understanding of the course material.
Students are therefore responsible for the following:
1. Attending every meeting of every class. Students not in class are considered absent. Students who do not meet the attendance requirements in a given class may not be able to complete that class successfully;
2. Knowing and following the attendance policy of each class they take;
3. Knowing there are no automatically "excused" absences to attend athletic events, field trips or any other reason. Students who face a conflict between class attendance and other needs (for example, illness, serious family crisis) must notify their faculty in advance. When advance notice is impossible, faculty must be contacted as soon as possible. There is no situation where the failure to contact professors is excusable. No one except the faculty member in charge of a class may excuse an absence; and
4. Scheduling appointments and other responsibilities so they do not conflict with classes.
Excessive absences from class are reported to the student's adviser and the Office of Academic Affairs.
Students remain responsible for all course work and must take the initiative in making arrangements for completing assignments, tests, exams, etc. missed due to absences. Unexcused absences from announced tests, laboratories, special class projects, and reports will result ordinarily in the award of an "F" for the work missed.
If an instructor is absent at the scheduled starting time of the class, students should wait for ten minutes. If the instructor still has not arrived, the students may leave.