2017-2018 Catalog & Student Handbook 
    
    Dec 01, 2022  
2017-2018 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Attendance Policy


 

Regular class attendance is expected of students. Faculty keep accurate records of class attendance and tardiness and these records become part of the official records of the institution. The College is committed to the principle that regular and punctual class attendance is essential to the student optimizing his/her scholastic achievement and that it is the responsibility of the student to attend class regularly without being tardy. As students are adults with many responsibilities, an occasional absence might be necessary. However, such absences in no way lessen the students’ responsibilities for meeting the requirements of the class. Online students are subject to the same attendance policy as traditional students.

  1. When the College offers a class, the faculty and staff shall work together to develop an accurate electronic class roster listing all students enrolled in the class. Student names are on the electronic class roster once they have officially made payment for tuition and fees with the Business office.
  2. Students who have not entered class by the census date will be dropped as “Never Attend” without the possibility of reinstatement. Entrance into an online class is defined as logging into the institution’s learning management system (Moodle) and completing the required enrollment activity.
  3. Once a student is officially enrolled in a class, regular class attendance is expected. Absences are a serious deterrent to good scholarship, and it is impossible to receive instruction, obtain knowledge, or develop skills when absent from class.
  4. Inasmuch as the College’s students are adults, it is understood that absences may be required for a variety of reasons, but when these occur, it is the student’s responsibility to make up missed class work or assignments, if makeup work is allowed by the instructor.
  5. Being late arriving for class or leaving a class early can be a disruption for both the faculty member and the students, hence tardiness is strongly discouraged.
  6. A Student Withdrawal shall occur when a student officially withdraws/drops a class. The withdrawal/drop shall be effective as of the date the student takes his/her official action.
  7. An Administrative Withdrawal shall occur when a student fails to adhere to the criteria outlined in course syllabi and/or program student handbooks.
  • An instructor may execute an Administrative Withdrawal if class attendance as described in the instructor’s course syllabus or attendance records indicate there is a lack of participation by the students.
  • An instructor may execute an Administrative Withdrawal for a student if reasonably assured that the student does not intend to pursue the learning activities of the class due to excessive absences, lack of effort or participation or other good cause.
  • An instructor may execute an Administrative Withdrawal when a student completes the minimum objectives stated for a class or transfers to another class.
  1. Students who attend Robeson Community College must attend 80% of the time scheduled for a regular class meeting to be counted present when the class meets.
  2. Inasmuch as the faculty member of record for a class is responsible for official class attendance and tardy records, students who have a grievance regarding class attendance or tardies shall resolve them with the instructor.
  3. Curriculum Classes: Students attending Robeson Community College must attend 75% of the required contact hours for the class in order to receive credit for the class. If the student misses hours in excess of 25%, the student will be dropped from the course by the instructor. In no case will a student receive credit for a course if he/she misses in excess of 25% of the required contact hours. Should the student so desire, he/she may continue to audit the course after being dropped, but the grade will remain the same. Absences begin with the first session a class is scheduled to meet even though the student may register late.
  4. Developmental Classes: Students attending RCC must attend 85% of the required contact hours for the class in order to receive credit for the class. If the student misses hours in excess of 15%, the student will be dropped from the course by the instructor. In no case will a student receive credit for a course if he/she misses in excess of 15% of the required contact hours. Should the student so desire, he/she may continue to audit the course after being dropped, but the grade will remain the same. Absences begin with the first session a class is scheduled to meet even though the student may register late.
  5. College and Career Readiness Classes: Students in all College and Career Readiness classes will be expected to attend class a minimum of 80% of the class time (as established by each individual class schedule) per month to receive credit for the class. In addition, the student must attend a minimum of 80% of the class time for a particular day or the student will be counted tardy for the class. Three tardies will count as one absence.
  6. Religious Observance: It is the policy of Robeson Community College that any student of the institution must be granted two excused absences each academic year (July 1-June 30) for religious observances required by the faith of the student. The student must submit a written request to the Assistant Vice-President for Student Services or his/her designee for the excused absences at least ten days prior to the date the student intends to be absent for the religious observance. The Assistant Vice-President for Student Services or his/her designee may waive the ten school day requirement during the first ten school days of a student’s enrollment. For more information, please contact the Assistant Vice-President for Student Services or his or her designated representative.

Tardies

The College is committed to the principle that regular and punctual class attendance is essential to the student optimizing his/her scholastic achievement and that it is the responsibility of the student to attend class regularly without being tardy. Students who attend Robeson Community College must attend 80% of the time scheduled for a regular class meeting to be counted present when the class meets.

Tardy shall be defined as a student entering class after the roll is checked or after instruction has begun, and it shall also be defined as a student leaving class early regardless of reason. Thus, if a student is in class for 80% of the time but less than 100% of the meeting time, then that student shall be counted tardy. For the purpose of maintaining class attendance, faculty shall count three tardies as one absence.

Noncontinuous Enrollment

Noncontinuous enrollment is defined as not being enrolled for a period of one year or longer. Upon re-enrollment the student must comply with the requirements of the catalog and student handbook that is current at the time of reenrollment.