All faculty members have a stated policy on class attendance which appears on each course syllabus. The College holds that absences have consequences for students’ grades that are explained in each course syllabus. Absence from class may negatively affect grades. This occurs in two ways: faculty attendance policies may penalize students for excessive absence; and students who miss class also miss information and classroom interactions that lead to understanding of the course material. This policy applies to all formats of teaching, including in-person, hybrid and online.

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 in which they enroll;
  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;
  4. All coursework and making arrangements for any coursework missed, including assignments, tests, exams, lecture notes, et cetera.  
  5. Scheduling appointments and other responsibilities so they do not conflict with classes.

Faculty are encouraged to report excess absences to the Student Support Network.