Regular and punctual class attendance is important in order to achieve success in the course and develop desirable personal traits necessary for success in employment. Instructors are responsible for establishing any attendance/participation requirements and for informing students of those requirements in the course syllabus at the beginning of the academic term. Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the course that are outlined in the course syllabus.
Students must provide prior official notification to instructors of military leave of absence(s). Responsibility for initiating such notice rests with the student. Military personnel must be able to attend/ participate in the course prior to the course’s census date. Military leave that interferes with the student’s ability to attend/participate in the course before the census date will require that the student drop the course.
Students are allowed two days of excused absences each academic year for religious observances as required by law. Students must notify instructors in writing of expected religious absences.
Course Entry Attendance Requirement
It is mandatory that the student attend each course at least once during the first 10% of the course, or in the case of online courses, a graded activity must be submitted during the first 10% of the course. Each online course syllabus must identify the activity to be completed prior to the 10% point of the course, and the date by which the activity must be completed. For hybrid courses, the student must attend the classroom portion of the course or complete an online graded activity prior to the 10% point. Failure to attend or complete the activity prior to the 10% point will result in the student being dropped from the course. The student will not be allowed to continue in the course or receive a refund.
Programmatic Attendance Requirement
Some programs may have outside regulatory bodies that require a minimum of course attendance/participation hours. These requirements are clearly defined
in the respective course syllabus or program orientation information.
Federal regulations require that attendance be reported for students receiving certain types of veteran’s benefits and for certain classifications of international students. Instructors will be regularly asked to verify attendance for these specific student groups.
Prerequisites and Co-requisites
Some courses have prerequisite and/or co-requisite course requirements. All requisites must be satisfied prior to enrolling in a course. A prerequisite course can be satisfied by passing the course at A-B Tech, or by transferring credit for the course from another college or university according to the college’s transfer credit policy. If a prerequisite course is currently being taken, but is not passed, the subsequent course must be dropped if registration has already taken place.
A co-requisite course must be taken in the same term. In some cases a co-requisite can be taken in a prior term or transferred to A-B Tech. Contact your advisor for assistance.
Under some conditions, a Department Chair may waive a pre- or co-requisite class based on a student’s demonstrated knowledge of the requisite course material. (Pre- or co-requisites required by the Instructional Services.) Requisite waivers do not eliminate a course from a program of study; waived requisites must be taken to satisfy degree, diploma or certificate program requirements.
Curriculum course substitutions in a degree, diploma or certificate program must be approved by the Dean responsible for the course being substituted. Some course substitutions also require the approval of the Vice President of Instructional Services.
Introduction to College Courses for Degree-Seeking Students
Degree-seeking students who enroll in a college program requiring ACA 115, ACA 122 or EGR 110, must enroll in and successfully complete the course with a grade of “C” or better in their first semester of enrollment.
Any student who places into more than one developmental course must enroll concurrently in ACA 115, ACA 122, or EGR 110 as appropriate for his or her curriculum.
Students transferring a similar course or who transfer in 24 or more transfer credit hours of college-level work, will be permitted to substitute another course for ACA 115 or EGR 110 and will not be subject to the above requirement and subsequent restrictions.
ACA 122 is required for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Engineering, Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, and Associate In Science degrees and substitutions may not be made.
Dropping a Class
Students may drop classes without a grade through the 10% point of the semester or the 10% point of a minimester (less than a full semester). Classes can be dropped via WebAdvisor or may be processed by Student Services (in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center), by an Advisor or at the Madison or South site. Dropped classes do not appear on the official transcript.
Adding a Class
A class may be added until it meets for the first time. Online classes may be added through the end of the start-date for the class.
Withdrawing from a Class
After the 10% point and through the 75% point of the term (full semester or minimester) a student may withdraw from a class by submitting a Withdrawal Request to Student Services in the Bailey Building or to staff at the Madison or South sites. Withdrawal forms must not be mailed or put in a drop box. Distance students must contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@ abtech.edu
Students receiving financial aid benefits strongly encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from courses. Students receiving Veteran’s Affairs benefits must obtain a last date of attendance from the instructor and approval from the VA Coordinator.
Each instructor will schedule a final course evaluation at some point during the last five days of the semester or the last two days of the class. The evaluation may consist of one or multiple components or methods. The course schedule will indicate the date(s) and method(s) of evaluation. If the final evaluation is given prior to the last day of class, the schedule will reflect the class activities to take place after the final evaluation.
Students are required to take their final examinations at the time(s) and place(s) scheduled. Conflicts may be resolved by arrangement with the faculty member.
Students who need a course to graduate may take the course as many times as necessary to pass it. Any course that has been passed or audited may not be taken for credit or audited more than twice per academic year. The twice-per-year regulation also applies to single or elective courses that are not required for graduation. No single Physical Education course may be attempted more than twice. If a student has a failing grade in a required course, the course must be passed prior to graduation. If a student fails a prerequisite course, it must be repeated successfully before beginning the subsequent course. This could result in the student being enrolled for a longer period than is normally required to complete requirements for graduation.
As courses are repeated, the higher grade becomes the official grade. Only a grade of “D” or above can replace an existing grade.