Successful college students attend class regularly. Most failures, dropped courses and poor grades result from poor attendance. The college has designed a schedule of classes for each course that meets the Carnegie unit definition of class time necessary for the average college student to complete the course. This time at the college, under the supervision of a professional educator, contributes to academic success. Students who elect not to attend all scheduled classes or laboratory hours should notify and consult with the instructor of the course for special instructions. Students should in all cases notify and consult with their instructor on all absences. Absence for any portion of scheduled class time may constitute an absence. In some cases students must keep their own attendance records because a financial sponsor requires this for use in advising and recommending students to employers. The instructors will make every effort to accept advance notices of absences due to college events and/or emergencies. It is, however, ultimately the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for missed assignments, tests, lectures, deadlines and other academic activities associated with the lack of attendance.
The college encourages attendance in class for several reasons:
- There is a strong correlation between attending classes and academic success.
- Material may be available in class that is not in the textbook.
- Class time has been assigned to each student and that is their time to receive instructor assistance, which is important to the successful completion of the course requirements.
- Much learning takes place between faculty and students during class. This time is also a chance for students to think, question and clarify ideas and information.
- Each individual is expected to make satisfactory progress in classes. Attendance is important so the faculty can assist the student in making satisfactory progress.
- Students who are not making satisfactory progress should, with the consensus of instructor and advisor, drop the course during the drop period.
Registration for any course presupposes that the student will attend all scheduled classes, laboratories, and clinics. Any student who does not attend the first class of the semester and has not processed a course drop in writing with the registrar’s office will be removed from the class roster; however, the student is still responsible for tuition and fees. Each student is responsible for meeting all class requirements. For an absence rate that reasonably precludes making up missed coursework, barring mitigating factors such as major illness, accident or family emergency, faculty may process an administrative failure form with the Registrar’s Office or award a final grade of AF at the end of the term.
Policies on students’ rights and responsibilities, including the Student Code of Conduct, Equity, and the Judicial Policies and Procedures, were developed based on national guidelines and standards. Student Services is guided by College, State and Federal ethical guidelines.
A student’s continuance at Lakes Region Community College depends on his or her conduct, and the receipt of academic credit and the conferring of a degree, professional certificate, or certificate are subject to the academic and judicial policies of Lakes Region Community College. A student’s registration may be canceled; he or she may, following due process, be dismissed from Lakes Region Community College at any time for conduct of a nature that would reflect discredit on the student and/or the colleges within the Community College System of New Hampshire. The student will not hurt, exploit, endanger, rape, oppress, cheat or corrupt others, or the academic integrity of the College.