The attendance of graduate students in each individual class session is mandatory and students are expected to attend every session. The unique nature of graduate education, based on active learning, participation in class discussions, case studies, etc., makes attendance of paramount importance. For that reason, students are allowed only two excused absences. Missing more than two classes will have a negative impact on the student’s grade as follows:
Courses that meet on campus one time per week exclusively
An absence is defined as not showing up for the on-campus class. Upon the third unexcused absence, a student’s final grade will be reduced by one letter grade.
Hybrid courses (one week the class is on campus and on alternate weeks the class is online)
An absence is defined as not showing up for the on-campus class, or for the online portion, not signing in and completing an assignment or other deliverable. Upon the third unexcused absence, a student’s final grade will be reduced by one letter grade.
Online courses (no on-campus classes)
An absence is defined as not signing in and completing an assignment or other deliverable. Upon the third unexcused absence, a student’s final grade will be reduced by one letter grade. For courses offered in online modules, upon the second unexcused absence a student’s final grade will be reduced by one letter grade.
Classes begin on time. Each late arrival or early departure will be considered half an absence.
Online Modules Only
During the first week of online classes, students are expected to participate in a discussion forum or other deliverable (no later than Sunday, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time) to confirm their enrollment in the course. This mandatory check-in is required for each course in which the student is enrolled. Students who are not active by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. will be de-registered from the course without tuition liability.
College-wide Attendance Policy
(includes all academic departments and experiential education courses)
Students are required to abide by the attendance policy as stated in the syllabus for each course. Additionally, the institution believes that missing 40% or more of any scheduled classes (either excused or unexcused) for any one course in which a student is enrolled may undermine the integrity of the educational experience. At the conclusion of each academic term, the College Registrar will review the attendance records for all courses in which a failing grade (“F”) was issued by the instructor. Failed courses where a student was not in attendance for 40% or more of scheduled class meetings will be assigned an “FA” grade by the Office of the Registrar, signifying failure for lack of attendance. The grade of “FA” calculates negatively into the GPA the same as an earned “F”. An “FA” may also affect some forms of financial aid. Additionally, in accordance with course syllabus grading and attendance policies, an instructor may request that an “FA” grade be assigned by the College Registrar prior to the end of the term because lack of attendance has decreased the possible course grade to failing. Once an “FA” grade is assigned, a student may no longer remain active in the course.