Attendance—Undergraduate

Class Attendance

Given the demands of the college's degree and certificate programs, the amount of material covered in classes, and the nature of the curriculum, students are required to arrive on time and remain in class for all class sessions. Students who miss more than a specific number of classes within a course will automatically fail that course and must repeat the entire course. Students who miss more than a specific number of classes throughout the 30-week, two-year, or four-year program are at risk for being suspended. Faculty members may have established their own requirements regarding attendance. Refer to course guides for all such requirements. Students are responsible for finding out the specific requirements for each particular class and instructor.

Missing Classes

If a student is absent for a class in which daily participation is graded, the student will receive a grade of zero for that class. Students who miss the specified number of classes in a course taught in a classroom setting (as described below) shall automatically fail that course and will have to retake it.

Attendance for online courses is determined by the student's participation in the course activities and by meeting the submission deadlines as defined within the individual course syllabus. Simply logging into a course is not evidence of attendance. A student is considered in attendance when actively participating in the academic activities of the course. Active participation is defined as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Submission of an assignment or an exam
  • Substantive comments on course reading material
  • Activity in an interactive resource
  • Contributions toward a class discussion or within a study group
  • E-mail or other documentation demonstrating that the student initiatied contact with the instructor regarding course materials or assignments
Absences that Equate to Course Failure 3-week course 5-week course Half-semester course Full-semester course Full-semester course meeting once per week
1.5-credit lab* 3 days - - -  
1.5-credit lecture 3/2# days - 3 days -  
1.5-credit online course - - 3 activities 7 activities  
1.5-credit hybrid course‡     Total of 3 days and/or activities Total of 7 days and/or activities  
2.0-credit lab* 3 days - - -  
3.0-credit lab* 3 days 3 days - 3 days  
3.0-credit lecture 2 days - 3 days 7 days 3 days
3.0-credit online course - - 3 activities 7 activities  
3.0-credit hybrid course‡    

Total of 3 days and/or activities

Total of 7 days and/or activities  
6.0-credit lab - - - 5 days  

* Including kitchen, bakeshop, restaurant, culinary science lab, or wines courses meeting for any amount less than a full 15-week semester.

# Two classes in a 1.5-credit lecture course that meets eight or fewer times.

‡ Hybrid courses meet for in-class and online learning sessions. Students are expected to be engaged in the online portion of the course and to follow the attendance policy for fully online courses. Students are also expected to attend the in-person classes and to follow the attendance policy for missing classes as outline in the chart. If a student does not satisfy the attendance requirements for the online portion of the hybrid course the student will be at risk for failing the course even if they attend the in-person classes. If a student completes the online assignments and is following the online attendance policy but fails to attend the in-person classes, the student will be at risk for failing the course.

Attendance Probation for Cumulative Absences

Students who miss 10 classes in the freshman and sophomore years will be reminded of attendance policy, placed on attendance probation, and warned of possible suspension or dismissal by the Student Affairs Office or its designee. In cases where two or more courses meet in one day, each class that a student misses counts as one absence. Certificate program students can miss no more than five classes for the 30-week duration of the program and still be considered for graduation. In semesters where two or more courses meet in one day, each class that a student misses will count as one absence per class. If a student misses four classes, the student may be placed on attendance probation. In the bachelor's degree program in Singapore, students who miss 10 or more classes may be suspended by the Attendance Committee.

Because juniors and seniors normally attend three classes a day, students who miss 24 classes in the junior and senior years will be reminded of the attendance policy, placed on attendance probation, and warned of possible suspension or dismissal by the Student Affairs Office or its designee. Each class a student misses counts as one absence.

Attendance Review

Students on attendance probation who miss additional classes may be required to attend a meeting of the Attendance Committee.

Students who do not attend the scheduled meeting of the Attendance Committee will be automatically suspended, and the Committee will determine whether and under what conditions the students will be allowed to continue their studies at the college.

Attendance Suspension (Degree Programs)

Freshmen and sophomores who accumulate more than 18 absences in their freshman and sophomore years may be suspended from the college by the Attendance Committee. Medical, legal, and family emergency reasons for missing classes will be taken into account by the Attendance Committee so long as students notify the Student Affairs Office or its designee at the time and can provide the Office with appropriate documentation.

Juniors and seniors who accumulate more than 36 absences in their junior and senior year may be suspended from the college by the Attendance Committee. Medical, legal, and family emergency reasons for missing classes will be taken into account by the Attendance Committee so long as students notify the Student Affairs Office or its designee at the time and can provide appropriate documentation.

Personal Emergencies and Exceptional Circumstances

If a student is forced to miss a class due to sickness, personal emergencies, or unforeseen circumstances, the student must notify the Health Services Office or the Student Affairs Office (U.S. campuses) or the Administrator's Office (SG), who will notify the faculty member. Depending on the nature of the situation and the academic circumstances, the dean of student affairs, student affairs manager, or managing director, after consultation with the faculty member, may recommend a withdrawal from the course.

In exceptional circumstances and if the student has not exceeded the maximum number of absences that would cause one to fail the course, the faculty member may assign additional work and give partial credit for a missed class.

In the event that students are sick on the day(s) of their practical exams and/or make-up practical exams, they should (if possible) go directly to Health Services or to a physician for an evaluation. If warranted, Health Services or the student affairs manager will issue a sick note (or Medical Certificate in Singapore) for the student to take to the exam proctor, who will inform Student Financial and Registration Services of the No Show due to sickness. After a discussion with the student, the student financial and registration advisor (NY), registration manager (CA), student affairs coordinator (TX), or managing director (SG) will re-schedule the test date, and the student will not be charged for the new test date. Baking and pastry arts students should refer to their practical exam criteria for the baking and pastry two-day practical examination for additional grading criteria and information.

Religious Holidays/Military Reservist Duty

Students who are observing a religious holiday or have required military reservist duty that coincides with regularly scheduled class days are excused for that time period. In such cases, students can be excused for no more than two days of that class, and will be held accountable for information they missed. If students need to take more than two days for religious or military service reasons, they may be required to withdraw from the course. As a participant in religious or military reservist activities, students will not be academically penalized for missing class.

Attendance Committee

The members of the Attendance Committee will include the associate dean of student affairs and housing (as chair), dean for academic engagement and administraiton, an associate dean or director of education, two faculty members, and the registrar or a designee.

Since the decision of the Attendance Committee is final, there is no appeal.