General Policy: Class attendance is a critical part of the teaching and learning process. Each student is expected to arrange his or her schedule in order to maintain regular and prompt attendance in all classes. Professors may provide course-specific attendance policies, such as those indicating that excessive absences from class may result in withdrawal or failure. A student with excessive absences who does not withdraw by the withdrawal deadline is issued a failing grade. Polk State College requires that a professor report each student who does not attend class during the first week. The student may be dropped for non-attendance and he or she is then unable to re-register for the class. Therefore, it is important to plan for attendance on the first day of class.
Policy for International Students: Each international student must maintain full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits per term) and abide by the attendance policy established for each enrolled course. The student is also expected to meet the standards established in the College’s Academic Standards of Progress, Polk State College Procedure 5017. Failure to meet the requirements of either policy may have a negative effect upon the student’s visa status.
Policy for Veterans and VA-Benefit Students Enrolled in Credit Courses: Student attendance records are maintained for all courses only for the purposes of determining the last day of attendance. Withdrawal shall be consistent with the professor’s policy regarding attendance for all students, including veterans or other students attending through VA benefits. A VA-benefit student may be withdrawn from a credit course by the withdrawal deadline if the professor determines that an attendance-policy violation prevents satisfactory completion of the course. Any VA-benefit student who violates the attendance policy for a course is decertified by the school, the benefits are terminated for unsatisfactory progress, and the student is required to refund monies received for that term.
Policy for Veterans and VA-Benefit Students Enrolled in PSAV Certificate Courses: Any veteran (or person who is eligible to receive VA education benefits) who registers in PSAV certificate courses and accumulate four days of unexcused absences within any calendar month is decertified for lack of attendance. This action leads to decertification by the school, termination of benefits for unsatisfactory progress, and the student is required to refund monies received for that term.
Policy for Law Enforcement and Corrections Certificate Programs: Each student enrolled in Law Enforcement or Corrections certificate program is required to attend the full number of clock hours for each course. Unexcused absences, and absences for which the time and work are not made up may result in the student being dropped from the course. Absences that are approved by the Training Center Director for situations such as illnesses, subpoenas, and emergencies may be permitted or excused; however, the student must make up all missed time and work. The student must submit requests for authorized absences to the Course Coordinator or Center Director. Any veteran (or other person eligible to receive VA education benefits) who register in the Law Enforcement or Corrections certificate program and accumulate twenty percent of the total required hours as unexcused absences within any calendar month is decertified for lack of attendance. This action leads to decertification by the school, termination of benefits for unsatisfactory progress, and the student is required to refund monies received for that term. The veteran can be re-certified for his/her education benefits once he/she has met the approved attendance policy for 30 days after the violation.
Policy for Readmission of the Student after Suspension and Disciplinary Action: A student is not to be readmitted to class without written notice from the Campus Dean of Student Services or the Vice President for Student Services when the individual has been suspended under disciplinary action. Faculty members are notified prior to a student’s re-admittance.
Policy for military and reserve students called to duty during a term: The Federal Law known as the Higher Education Opportunity Act affords military and veterans in the reserves who are called to active duty during a term special educational protections. The military student must have a call to duty received date that is after the start of the term to receive this consideration or discuss the situation prior to the the drop deadline of the term with the faculty, and the Dean of Student Services or Registrar.
Students with military orders have the right to return to an education program and the right to not have the military orders adversely affect their College record. The student can present his or her orders to the faculty, and to the Dean of Student Services or the Registrar of the student’s campus. The Dean of Student Services or Registrar will work with faculty to determine the best special consideration option for the student.
Polk State options include but are not limited to allowing the student to withdraw after the withdrawal deadline, dropping a course with a refund after the drop deadline, or receiving a final grade for the course early. The instructor for the class will determine if the student has completed enough coursework to earn a grade. Future assignments and tests, lowering the current grade would not calculate into the final grade. This option is available only after the withdrawal deadline.