All students must be officially enrolled in order to attend class and to receive a grade. This means that the course must be added to the student's schedule prior to the ninth (9th) day of the session. University instructors will not permit non-enrolled students to attend a class or be issued a grade. The Office of the Registrar will not post grades for students who are not enrolled.
Typically, the start-date of a session is the first Monday of the new course month or term. If the first Monday is a holiday, the start-date will be the first Tuesday. For example, if the first course offered in the October session meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, then that first Monday is the start-date for the session. The session start date (whether that is a Monday or Tuesday) stays the same regardless of the day students actually meet for their first class. Students are considered officially enrolled in a class at midnight of the ninth (9th) day of the session.
Students are expected to attend all class periods of a course. An instructor may withdraw a student from the course up to the twenty-first (21st) day of the session if the student has more than two (2) absences. An absence is assessed each time a student does not attend a regularly scheduled class, whether or not it is an excused absence. Students who have more than three (3) absences and who are still enrolled as of midnight of the twenty-first (21st) day of the session will be issued a letter grade of "F" or "U" as appropriate for the grading criteria of the class. Tardiness and early departures from classes accrue and have the potential to cumulatively affect absences.
Lack of participation for students taking online classes does not qualify the student for a refund. Students, whether onsite or online, are responsible for following the published policy on deadlines for drop and withdrawal.
With instructor approval, students may be allowed to make up examinations or class assignments missed due to absence or tardiness. Students must arrange to complete any make-up work with the instructor in advance. Work must be completed prior to the final class session. A grade of incomplete may be issued if the student has attended two-thirds of the course and coursework is not completed by the final class session. Instructors may use their discretion when issuing approval of, and assigning, an incomplete grade.
Any dispute about attendance must be addressed by the student in writing and submitted to the Registrar's Office within ninety (90) days of when grades were posted. If extenuating circumstances prevent the submission of the dispute within that time frame, the Registrar's Office will make a determination about whether the circumstances warrant further consideration. The Registrar's Office will not consider a dispute that is more than one year old.
Once grades have been issued and credit awarded, neither the coursework nor the grade can be expunged from the student's record. Tuition will not be refunded without extenuating circumstances and approval of the Finance Committee.