Regular class attendance is essential to the proper academic progress and is expected. At Central Penn College, satisfactory attendance is considered to be a vital part of each student’s performance. Excessive absences for a particular course or program can result in a lowered achievement rating and an undesirable course grade. Absences in excess of 20% of class hours, for any subject, may cause a student to fail that particular course.
In an emergency which causes a student to be absent, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to complete missed work. Absences will only be considered excused if the student can provide verifiable documentation for the absence in a timely manner as determined by the College. Excused absence(s) allow a student to make up coursework or other classroom assignments. However, absences will remain a part of the student’s official record and the student is still subject to attendance warning, probation, or dismissal if the excused absences for an individual course or the program are excessive. Faculty members may establish more rigorous attendance standards for their individual courses.
Students must continuously participate in their courses to satisfy the attendance requirement. Students who do not attend their courses for 14 consecutive days will be administratively withdrawn from their courses for the remainder of the term. If a student is administratively withdrawn from their courses before Sunday of week 7 of the term, this will result in grades of ‘W’ on students’ transcripts. If a student is administratively withdrawn after Sunday of week 7, this will result in grades of ‘F’ on students’ transcripts. Students who do not attend a particular course during the first two weeks of the term will be administratively unregistered from that course.