Attendance Policy

In order to maintain good grades, regular attendance in class is necessary. Absence from class is considered a serious matter, and absence never excuses a student from class work.

It is the responsibility of all instructors to distribute reasonable attendance policies in writing during the first week of class. Students are required to comply with the attendance policy set by each of their instructors. Unless otherwise provided for by the instructor, all students are expected to attend, promptly, every class session for which they are registered. If absence from class is anticipated, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor as far in advance as possible. If the student is absent on the day of an examination or the day an assignment is due, the instructor will decide whether the exam or assignment may be submitted late. In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to find out what happened in class.

Students are not penalized if they are unable to attend classes or participate in exams on particular days because of religious beliefs, in accordance with Chapter 161, Section 224-a of the Education Law of the State of New York.

Students who plan to be absent from classroom activity for religious reasons should discuss the absence in advance with their instructors. A copy of the law can be found in the Office of the Dean of Instruction.

The College reserves the right to schedule additional class time to compensate for time lost because of weather, road conditions, or other reasons.

Any student who wishes to challenge the application of the attendance portion of a course grade should refer to the college’s Other Student Grievances process.