Because class attendance is considered to be essential to the accomplishment of course objectives, excessive absences, more than 20% of the class meetings for a course, are discouraged. These absences also include any absences accrued during late registration. Failure to adhere to the 20% policy may result in a failing grade based on academic performance. Any variation of this policy must be approved through the Instructional Dean's Office. A student who is absent due to required participation in a school activity must be allowed to make up work according to guidelines issued by individual instructors.
Attendance for distance education courses may be determined by academically-related course work completed in the learning management system, by initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a content-related course question, or if in a blended course format, by participation in a class or lab activity. This may include discussion postings, quizzes, or other assignments as noted by the course instructor. Instructors have access to detailed course logs to track student activity in distance courses.