Since excessive absences or tardiness may affect the quality of a student’s academic
performance, the College expects all students to attend classes regularly. Faculty
members may determine their own policies regarding irregular class attendance. Students should be aware that non‑attendance at classes will not result in automatic
withdrawal from a course. Unless the student initiates a formal course withdrawal request through the Registrar’s
Office, non‑attendance will result in a “ZF” grade.
Students must complete all assignments, examinations and other requirements in all
of their courses. Absence does not constitute exemption from such obligations, and
it is the student’s responsibility to take the initiative to make up any work missed.
Students must be aware, however, that the opportunity to make up an examination is
not a student right, rather it is a privilege granted under special circumstances.
Make-up examinations must be offered for absences due to religious observances, hazardous
weather conditions, verifiable medical reasons or field trips that are related to
an academic program. In the case of academic field trips, students should inform their
instructors prior to the trip so that arrangements to submit work or to schedule a
make-up exam can be made. In all other cases, faculty members are free to determine
their own policies regarding make‑up examinations. Students must be informed, in writing,
at the beginning of each semester of the make‑up examination policy for each course.
Absences Due to Inclement Weather
On days when the College remains open during inclement weather, students should make
their own determination whether to attempt to travel to class based on the safety
of road conditions in their own locale. Students will not be penalized for missing
class under this circumstance, although students are responsible for the work missed
and are expected to make it up in a reasonable time as determined by the instructor.
Absences Due to Religious Beliefs
Any student at the College who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs,
to attend classes on a particular day or days will be excused from any examination
or any study or work requirements. College faculty will provide an equivalent opportunity
for the student to make up any work that he or she may have missed because of such
absence. (Section 224, New York State Education Law)