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Policy on Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend all of their classes. They must also be aware of course requirements. Whenever possible, students should notify their instructors prior to an absence from class and make up missed work within a reasonable length of time after their absence. Students who expect to be absent from classes for three days or longer should contact the Center for Student Success and Engagement for help notifying their instructors.

1.  Eligible Absences

Absences of students from scheduled classes will be considered excused for the following listed reasons.

a. Participation as a representative of the College in a scheduled intercollegiate athletic event. It will be the responsibility of the athletic department to notify instructors of the student's participation and absence in advance of the anticipated absence.

b. Participation as a representative of the College in a scheduled intercollegiate club competition or professional/academic conferences, travel courses, or field trips scheduled as part of a course. The club must be a recognized campus club. It will be the responsibility of the club advisor or the sponsoring academic/administrative department to notify the student's instructors of the student's participation and absence in advance of such absence.

c. Health and/or disability-related absences for which a valid reason is presented. Judgment of the validity of the excuse is left to the instructor.

d. Any student of the College who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirement shall be excused from any such examination or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study or work requirement, provided that it shall not create an unreasonable burden upon the College.

2. Accommodations for Eligible Absences

a. Each instructor will develop an excused absence policy, which follows the statement of eligibility above. In lieu of such individual policy, a department may choose to develop a departmental policy.

b. The absence policy shall be made a part of the course syllabus and shall be made available in print to all enrolled students within the first two weeks of the semester.

c. No student having an excused absence shall be penalized for such absence on account solely of being absent. Nothing in this policy is intended to excuse a student from the responsibility to make up missed work within a reasonable length of time.

d. A student with excused absences due to participation as a representative of the College (see 1 and 2 under Eligible Absences) may be held to deadlines for submitting class work provided that such deadlines are a part of the course syllabus and were available to the student within the first two weeks of the semester.

e. Students anticipating absence because of participation in an eligible event shall make arrangements prior to their absence to make up any missed work.

3. Policy on Attendance at Out-of-Class Events

In providing a rich cultural education, MCLA recognizes that a total college experience extends beyond regularly scheduled instruction in a formal classroom or laboratory setting. There are a number of educational events or activities that occur outside these settings (e.g., concerts, plays, field trips, etc.) which are an important part of the student's liberal arts education. Attendance at out-of-class events may present hardship for some college students, especially those with jobs and families. Therefore, reasonable accommodations shall be made for all students with respect to such events, with the following provisions:

a. Instructors may schedule out-of-class experiences as they deem necessary to achieve the purposes and goals of the course for which the event is scheduled. Students should be given the option of attending the out-of-class experience or their regularly scheduled classes.

b. Insofar as possible, all out-of-class events at which student attendance is expected are to be included on the course syllabus. In any event, reasonable advance notice of such expected attendance must be given.

c. If the out-of-class event is an exam, the student may opt to take the exam at another time. This other time shall be mutually agreeable to the instructor and the student and must be arranged prior to the original exam date.

d. Students for whom attendance at any such event will constitute a hardship with scheduled classes and/or family or employment responsibilities, shall be granted an opportunity to complete an equivalent alternative assignment to meet the course requirements without penalty.