1. By the act of enrollment:
a. The student is responsible for all coursework.
b. The student is expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes, laboratories, and any
other academic meetings required by the university.
Note: Courses delivered in part or fully online have special requirements. Consult the department
and/or the instructor for details.
2. The instructor will automatically drop the student from a class with a grade of “FA” (Failure for
Absences) when the student has missed 25 percent of the class meetings (excluding the Final Exam
Period), as listed in the instructor’s course syllabus. This includes all classes scheduled during the
“drop/add” period at the beginning of the term, and any classes missed due to late registration. The
examples below show the number of absences for typical classes during the fall and spring semesters.
The following reflects the number of absences at which you will receive the grade of “FA”:
Classes meeting three times per week 11
Classes meeting two times per week 7
Classes meeting one time per week 4
An absence is defined as non-attendance for any reason, whether illness, emergency or official leave.
There are no excused absences. Make-up tests and assignments will be given only upon written
explanation of sickness from a physician (or other pertinent documentation related to the particular
situation). Students scheduled to represent Shorter at a university sponsored/sanctioned activity (athletic
event, musical program, etc.) on the date of an exam must make arrangements with the professor prior
to the exam date in order to reschedule the test.
3. Three instances of tardiness are equal to one absence. Should a student arrive to class after the roll has
been taken, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the professor at the conclusion of the class of his
or her presence. If a student arrives more than 10 minutes after the class is scheduled to start, the student
will then be considered absent (and not tardy).
4. When the instructor’s records indicate that a student’s absences have reached 25 percent, the
instructor will inform the Office of the Registrar using appropriate form (Notice of Excessive
Absences); the student and appropriate university departments will then receive notification regarding
the “FA”. [Note: prior to a student reaching the point of FA, the instructor should make every
possible effort to assist the student. This will include notifying the Department of Student
Engagement and Success when a student places himself/herself at risk by accruing an inordinate
number of absences.]
5. Graduate students taking undergraduate prerequisites are subject to the above attendance policy.
6. Academic areas (such as the School of Education, the School of Nursing, Music, etc.) requiring
accreditation from organizations/agencies in addition to SACS may have stricter attendance policies
in order to comply with the standards demanded by those agencies.
7. In compliance with federal law, professors must notify the Department of Student Engagement and
Success (SES) when a student is absent from school for fourteen (14) consecutive calendar days. The
SES will in turn inform the Office of Financial Aid (and any other office requiring this information)
of the situation.