FBD (Regulation) – Admissions and Attendance: Attendance

A true evaluation of the teaching-learning situation involves a correlation between attendance and progress.

It is the responsibility of the student to attend all classes and a record of attendance will be kept for all classes by the instructor.

It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw officially in the College District admissions and registrar’s office from a class the student no longer desires to attend.

College District instructional standards allow the instructor to set the educational objectives and requirements for each course. The student who does not meet these requirements because of excessive absences and/or non-participation will be dropped by the instructor after notifying the student through the Records office. The position of the instructor on submitting a non-attendance drop should be stated in the course syllabus.

Excessive absences are defined as three or more consecutive absences or four or more cumulative absences from regularly scheduled class periods. Virtual classes must document equivalent participation. The summer terms call for two or more consecutive, or three or more cumulative absences. A three-hour night class counts as two class periods.

Students will not be dropped and will be allowed to make up work for absences because of (1) College District (including early college high school) authorized and sponsored activities, and (2) religious holy days. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for make-up work with the instructor and to complete it within a reasonable time.

In accordance with the Texas Education Code, each student is allowed to be absent from a class for the observance of a religious holy day. A “religious holy day” means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20, Tax Code. The student must notify the instructor of each class of the anticipated absence not later than the 15th calendar day after the first day of the semester. A student who is excused under this section must complete all assignments or missed examinations at the direction of the instructor.

The form for notification of absences is in the office of admissions and will include the following:

1. Student name and identification number;

2. Name of religious institution and tax code number;

3. Name and date of holy day(s);

4. Class(es) to be missed;

5. Schedule for delivery of form by student to instructor(s);

6. Conditions and deadlines for completing missed assignments;

7. Instructor’s signature and date; and

8. Student’s signature and date.

A student dropped because of excessive absences will be notified by the Records office and will follow the stated procedure on a readmission form if reinstatement is desired. All students in developmental education must obtain readmission approval of the instructor and the Vice President and Dean of Instruction.

All make-up work is at the discretion of the instructor.

Attendance in developmental courses is guided by the Texas Success Initiative rules and regulations and additional steps are required.