Regular and punctual class attendance is required of all students in order to achieve success in the course and develop desirable personal traits necessary for success in employment. Missing instructional time is detrimental to learning and course success. Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the course by attending and completing course assignments. An accurate record of class attendance will be maintained by the instructor. Student success is dependent upon active participation in all instructional activities.
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.
Course Attendance Requirement
To receive course credit, a student should attend a minimum of 85% of the contact hours of the course with the exception of courses in Allied Health (90%), EMS (90%), Developmental Studies (90%), and Cosmetology (95%). If absences exceed 15% (or the respective amount) of course contact hours, a student may be dropped from the course and receive a grade of “U”, unless the student completes the official withdrawal procedure prior to the withdrawal deadline (75% point of the course).
Student “attendance” in online courses is defined as active participation by the student. Active participation may be documented through submission/completion of assignments by the posted due dates, completion of tests, and/or completion of other course requirements, such as discussion board entries. Expectations for active participation in the course are clearly defined in the syllabus. In the event a situation occurs which prevents a student from logging into the College’s learning management system to complete the assignments, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the College HelpDesk and notify the instructor. (828.398.7550 or HelpDesk@abtech.edu)
Online courses will have, at a minimum, a weekly activity with a deadline requirement that indicates active participation in the course. A student who successfully completes the weekly assignment by the established deadline will be recorded as “in attendance” for the week. A student who fails to complete the required assignment or who fails to meet the established deadline will be recorded as absent for the week.
A tardy is defined as arriving late for class, leaving early, or missing part of class without permission during scheduled class hours. Three tardies may count as one absence.
Consecutive Attendance Requirement
Students who have attended class or completed the required online attendance assignment prior to the census date, but subsequently have 14 consecutive calendar days, excluding College holidays, of inactivity in a class (either through physical absences or lack of online participation) will be given a grade of “U”. If the student officially withdraws from the class by the appropriate withdrawal deadline (75% point of the course), the “U” grade will be replaced with a grade of “W.”
Any student with exceptional circumstances leading to absences that result in an administrative withdrawal (U grade) may appeal to the respective department chair, within 48 hours of receiving the U, for permission to remain enrolled in the course. The department chair and dean of the division will determine the outcome of the appeal and communicate the decision to the Financial Aid and Records & Registration Offices.
NOTE: Excessive absences may impact Financial Aid eligibility. Students must contact the Financial Aid Office regarding the impact of withdrawals on their financial aid.
Programmatic Attendance Requirements
Some programs at the College have established stricter course attendance requirements. These requirements are clearly defined in the respective course syllabus or program orientation information.
Allied Health Students
To receive course credit when enrolled in an Allied Health program, a student should attend a minimum of 90% of the contact hours of all major area courses. If absences exceed 10% of course contact hours, the student may be dropped from the class and receive a grade of U, unless the student follows the official withdrawal procedure before the withdrawal deadline. The 90% minimum attendance requirement applies to these major area course prefixes: NUR, DEN, EMS, MED, MLT, SON, PBT, PHM, RAD, SUR and VET.
To receive course credit when enrolled in a Cosmetology program, a student should attend a minimum of 95% of the contact hours of all major area courses. If absences exceed 5% of course contact hours, the student may be dropped from the class and receive a grade of U, unless the student follows the official withdrawal procedure before the withdrawal deadline. The 95% minimum attendance requirement applies to the major area course prefix: COS.
Developmental Studies Students
To receive course credit when enrolled in a developmental course, a student should attend a minimum of 90% of the contact hours. If absences exceed 10% of course contact hours, the student may be dropped from the class and receive a grade of R, unless the student follows the official withdrawal procedure before the withdrawal deadline. The 90% minimum attendance requirement applies to the following course prefixes: DMA, DRE.