Specific attendance requirements arise from various sources including instructor policies, financial aid requirements and guidelines attached to scholarships, grants, and employer-funded programs. Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to these policies because attendance can affect enrollment, grades and financial support.
Each instructor establishes a course attendance policy and fully informs students of the policy at the beginning of the term. Students agree to adhere to a course’s attendance policy by virtue of being enrolled in a course. Each instructor’s policy is included in course materials distributed at or near the beginning of a course.
The College enforces policies related to non-attendance at the beginning of a course and requires instructors to indicate the date of last attendance when a student earns an F grade in a course. Both non-attendance at the beginning of a course and the last date of attendance when a student fails a course can have implications for a student’s financial aid status.
The faculty and staff at Florida State College at Jacksonville want students to succeed. Because studies indicate a positive relationship between good attendance and better grades, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and arrive on time. Although they do not relieve students of the requirements of attendance policies, best practices to follow if you must miss a class include:
- consulting the course policy on attendance whenever absent in order to understand the policy and the impact of missing the class;
- notifying instructors in advance, whenever possible, when it is necessary to miss a class;
- reporting any anticipated prolonged absence to instructors as soon as possible; and
- consulting with instructor(s) and an advisor about possible withdrawal from any class(es) before making a decision to stop attending.