3.5 Attendance

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Chapter 3: Educational Policies

Related Minnesota State Board Policy: None.
Related Minnesota State Board Procedure: None.

Purpose:  To establish a standard College approach to class attendance.

In accordance with the Normandale Community College Code of Conduct, the following policies and procedures regarding STUDENT ATTENDANCE are followed:

Part 1: Student Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for all instruction and coursework. 


Subpart A:  Failure to fulfill course obligations because of illness, accident or other unavoidable circumstances must be discussed with professors.


Subpart B: Whenever possible, arrangements to make up work should be made in advance.


Subpart C:  Students should understand that some faculty members consider attendance and participation when determining final grades.


Subpart D:  Faculty members are not obligated to provide instruction, make alternate arrangements nor accept late coursework from students who miss class for any reason.


Subpart E:  Faculty expectations of student attendance which are laid out in the course syllabus are the responsibility of the student to read, understand, and follow.

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Part 2: Administration

Subpart A:  Student Complaint Process
If students believe attendance has negatively impacted a course grade and were not made aware of possible ramifications, they may go through the Student Complaint  Process. 


Subpart B:  Final Decision
The decision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs regarding student complaints is final.

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Part 3: Last Day of Attendance

Subpart A:  Federal regulations require faculty to report attendance information for students who have stopped attending class or those who never attended. A student who is reported to have stopped attending will be assigned a grade of FW or NC for that class, and a student who is reported to have never attended will be assigned a grade of FN or NC. Financial aid may be reduced or cancelled based on student attendance information.

Prior to the course withdrawal deadline, students may visit the Records Office to change an FN, FW or NC grade to a W (withdrawal). The last date of attendance that was reported by faculty will remain unchanged, so the impact on the student's financial aid award for that semester will remain unchanged, as well.

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Part 4: Accommodation of Religious Observation

Normandale Community College strongly supports the diversity of the beliefs and religions represented by our student body. The College will provide reasonable flexibility when religious observances occasionally conflict with academic obligations such as class attendance, activities, assignments, examinations and other course requirements.

Students must inform instructors of such conflicts in advance and in a timely manner. Students remain responsible for all class work and other academic obligations missed as a result of their absence.

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Part 5: Cancellation of Classes

The College may cancel a class before the start of a term due to low enrollment or for other reasons. Students will not be obligated for tuition and fees of courses that have been cancelled. The College will notify students when a decision has been made to cancel a class; however, students are encouraged to confirm their class schedules utilizing eServices prior to the term start and to replace lost credits in the event their schedule has been reduced.

This may be important especially to students who are required to maintain a certain credit level to maintain financial aid, loan deferment or other eligibility.

Class meetings may be cancelled because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances or because of an instructor's illness, emergency or professional development activities.

When absences are known in advance, instructors will notify students during class periods and may give alternate assignments.

For unplanned absences, a note will be posted outside the classroom informing students that the class will not be held. Students may call 952-358-8300 after 7:30 am and throughout the day for a recorded message of cancelled classes.

During the evening, students should contact the College receptionist at 952-358-8200.

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  Policy History:
Date of Adoption:  12/28/11
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:
Next Review Date:  2016-17
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