The purpose of an attendance policy for students is to ensure they attend classes on a regular basis. Regular attendance improves learning, and prepares students for the expectations around punctuality, self- discipline and attendance in the workplace.
Students are expected to:
- attend all classes, assignments and workshops associated with courses, in order to complete the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) expectation to receive credit for their course.
- Individual attendance will be recorded by staff and entered into the student’s record. Students who miss classes, assignments or workshops are required to provide documentation upon their return to class. Students who are absent 10% or more during the semester and who are failing 25% or more of the course hours attempted in a Term may be placed on probation for one Term, or dismissed for one Term, with the approval of the Principal.Students who exhibit chronic absenteeism that will affect their ability to complete their studies may be referred to a counsellor by the lecturer.Absenteeism will affect students’ Academic Standing and the College should maintain detailed records of each student’s Academic Standing.Academic standing records may be demanded by sponsors, and the College undertakes to provide these to sponsors upon reasonable request and its data policies permitting.Upon commencement of a new Term, students may be reinstated in their course of study.
Attendance Procedure Students’
attendance is recorded by staff daily.
It is recorded as:
- Present (and can include Tardy and Left Early)
- Absent – excused
- Absent – medically excused
- Absent – unexcused
Students absent for medical or reasons for travel for Umrah must submit medical or Umrah travel documents to the Student Office within two working (class) days after the student returns to class.
The Student Office accepts or declines medical or travel certificates and records them in the student information system. If the absence is due to illness, a medical note signed by a doctor and displaying an original doctor and hospital/clinic stamp must be presented to the Student Office for validation and acceptance not more than two days after the student returns to class.
If the absence is due to travel for Umrah, approved documents must be presented to the Student Office for validation and acceptance not more than two days after the student returns to class. If the absence is for other reasons, documentation should be presented to the lecturer when the student returns to class.
Absences other than those supported by validated medical reports are excused at the discretion of the lecturer, with the exception of travel for Umrah, which with proper documentation, will be approved by the Student Office.
For the purpose of attendance taking, each Term will be considered a separate block. Students who are absent 10% or more during the semester and who are failing 25% or more of the course hours attempted in a Term may be placed on probation for one Term, or dismissed for one Term, with the approval of the Principal.