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Regular attendance is expected in all classes and academic activities related to a course (e.g., field trips) unless otherwise specified. Individual faculty members establish the specific attendance requirements for their courses. Excessive absences are detrimental to student learning and performance and may affect certain types of financial aid. Discontinuance of attendance in a course or courses does not constitute an official withdrawal. Students intending to withdraw from classes must file the appropriate paperwork with administrative offices. Withdrawal forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.Medaille College subscribes to the “Guidelines on Students and Religious Observance” adopted by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. Absence does not excuse a student from coursework and responsibility for its completion.

Class Attendance For MOE programs

MOE classes run from Monday to Sunday; each week opens at 12:01am Monday morning and closes at 11:59 Sunday night.  Online students are expected to be present electronically within the Blackboard course site regularly.

Class participation for accountability is calculated based on the hours spent in each of the various Blackboard activities. Students are also expected to spend adequate time working offline on course activities and research.

To maintain active enrollment in online courses, each student is expected to appear regularly in the course electronic site.  If you do not log into the course site and participate during the first week of class, you will be dropped from the course. Because of the unique characteristics of online learning, students should review the following attendance guidelines.

  • Students must be electronically present for some time during every week of class.
  • Each course must be completed during the established time period.  Courses may not be extended over additional terms unless an Incomplete (I) grade has been issued.
  • Communication has always played a key role in higher education.  In online courses, communication is both more essential and more formal. You are expected to adhere to standard netiquette rules for course communications. Please review MOE netiquette expectations.
  • Attendance records are maintained through Blackboard and summarized at the end of each online course.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to complete all work that is due within a week.
  • Computers and the Internet are easily accessed and highly portable; MOE courses do not require any synchronous meeting times. Therefore, students may plan to complete course work at remote locations, during travel, or when confined to the home.  Only extreme hardship, military deployment, serious illness, or other documented extraordinary circumstances will be considered as a valid excuse for week-long absences from the virtual classroom.
  • A grade of Incomplete (I) is given only in very special circumstances. The student must furnish documentation to the instructor that coursework cannot be completed due to illness or other circumstance beyond the student's control. The student must have been in attendance in the course and have done satisfactory work up until the last two weeks of the course. All work must be completed within seven weeks from the final meeting date of the course.

Official Class Attendance/Absences Policy (MOE Students)

Student "attendance" in online courses will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. The instructor may require you to login as much as five times a week.

  • Your course activity is tracked by the Blackboard course management system; these records are used to track your attendance in the course.
  • Students are required to login to the course site and participate for some period of time each week.  Students who fail to log in during any course week will be considered absent.
  • Students are responsible for all weekly course work. Students who miss weekly assignments or discussion boards should contact their instructor to account for their absence. Each individual faculty member will establish and publish the consequences of missed deadlines. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor about making up missed work.
  • Students will be allowed to make up missed class work with no penalty if the absence was caused by documented illness, death of immediate family member, or participation in College sponsored activities. Otherwise, the instructor has no obligation to allow students to make up work.
  • Online attendance within the Blackboard course site will be tracked for all students. Any student who does not log in to the course site and participate within the first week of the course will be administratively dropped from the class for non-attendance. Enrollment status (full-time/part-time, etc.) may be affected by this withdrawal which may impact billing and financial aid eligibility.
  • If a student fails to participate for three (3) consecutive weeks, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the course. A recalculation of earned financial aid will be processed for students who are administratively withdrawn from all courses before the end of the term due to lack of class attendance; these students may render themselves ineligible to receive financial assistance.

Class Attendance for ALP students

Adult & Grad Evening Cohorts:

Classes are held once per week for four hours.  At this session, the entire class meets with the instructor.  Additionally, students are expected to meet a second time during the week in small learning teams without the instructor's presence.  Class and learning team attendance is mandatory and records are maintained in Academic Services. 

Because of the nature of the Accelerated Learning Program, attendance at all class meetings and team sessions is mandatory. A student who misses one class meeting, for any reason whatsoever, must understand that his or her academic progress is in jeopardy.  A student who has missed one class meeting, or who knows that such an absence will occur, must schedule a conference with the course instructor to detail what steps are to be taken to ensure that readings, assignments, and activities will be completed in a timely fashion. This includes any supplementary assignments which may be assigned, evaluated, and factored into the final course grade at the discretion of the instructor.  The responsibility for completing all assignments rests with the student.  Failure to comply with these regulations will negatively impact the final course grade.

Missing more than one class meeting may be grounds for a student being withdrawn from the course in question.  A student who misses more than one class meeting, or who knows that such absences will occur, must contact his/her instructor to explain the absences and provide an academic rationale for approving this exception to academic policy.  The Completion of Course Requirements form, which verifies the required make-up work, must be completed and signed by both the student and the instructor, then filed with Academic Services.

Any student who misses more than two of the scheduled class sessions cannot pass the course. Students with extraordinary circumstances should contact their advisor to discuss their options.  Failure to attend three consecutive class sessions will result in an administrative withdrawal, unless the student has been approved for a leave of absence.

Adult & Grad Fast Forward Day Programs

Classes are held once per week for three hours and thirty-five minutes over a fourteen-week semester.  Class attendance is mandatory and records are maintained in Academic Services.

Students enrolled in the Fast Forward program must understand the rigorous nature of the educational undertaking in which they are engaged.  A student who misses a class meeting, for any reason, is responsible for the material missed.  A student who has missed a class, or who knows that such an absence will occur, must meet with the course instructor to ensure that readings, assignments, and activities are completed and submitted in a timely fashion. It is the student’s responsibility, not the instructor’s, to initiate this conference. 

If a student’s absences become excessive, the instructor is required to document the student’s ability to meet the course outcomes.  The Completion of Course Requirements form, which verifies the required make-up work, must be completed and signed by both the student and the instructor.  If a student misses more than three class sessions, a grade will not be issued without a completion of course requirement form.

ASB R2 Evening Program

ASB R2 classes meet for two four-hour sessions each week over a seven-week period.  Class attendance is mandatory and records are maintained in Academic Services.

Students enrolled in the ASB R2 program must understand the rigorous nature of the educational undertaking in which they are engaged.  A student who misses a class meeting, for any reason, is responsible for the material missed.  A student who has missed a class, or who knows that such an absence will occur, must meet with the course instructor to ensure that readings, assignments, and activities are completed and submitted in a timely fashion. It is the student’s responsibility, not the instructor’s, to initiate this conference. 

If a student’s absences become excessive, the instructor is required to document the student’s ability to meet the course outcomes.  The Completion of Course Requirements form, which verifies the required make-up work, must be completed and signed by both the student and the instructor.  If a student misses more than three class sessions, a grade will not be issued without a completion of course requirement form.

Attendance for ALP/MOE Students

For financial aid purposes it is important to designate an absence as excused.  A student may do so by providing a short written explanation to Academic Services.

Medaille College subscribes to "Guidelines on Student and Religious Observance" adopted by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.  Absence does not excuse a student from course work and responsibility.  When a student misses a class or team meeting because of an excused absence, e.g., death of a family member, the student will not be academically penalized provided all course assignments are completed.  Students who must miss an entire course due to unavoidable circumstances must arrange with Student Services for a temporary leave of absence prior to the beginning of the class.   For financial aid purposes, there are specific guidelines regarding satisfactory progress and attendance requirements.

Rev. 10/2016