Attendance Policy

To make the most of your academic pursuits, plan to attend all scheduled classes as well as academic forums and seminars as designated by your major or instructor. Class attendance records are available for your review on Eagle’s Nest. If you notice a discrepancy, speak with your instructor to correct your record. If you cannot get the discrepancy resolved, then go see your academic chair.  You have two weeks after attendance has been recorded to report any discrepancies.

Excused Absences

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Certain unavoidable circumstances can interfere with class attendance. Therefore, your grade will not be affected for

  • Illness (verified by doctor’s note)
  • Surgery/hospital stay
  • Military duty
  • Funeral leave (up to three days)
  • Court subpoena

Unexcused Absences

The following decisions to miss class can affect your grade:

Each course meets a specified number of times per week. If you accumulate more unexcused absences than the number of times that course meets per week, you will lose one full letter grade in that course.

More unexcused absences than the number of days a course meets in two weeks will result in an “F” unless otherwise exempted.

For each unexcused absence after 12 cumulative unexcused absences (in all classes), 10 demerits will be given.

All projects and papers are due by the date assigned and will be subject to late penalties if an unexcused absence is recorded on the due date. If you miss a quiz, presentation, or performance for an unexcused reason, it will result in a zero on that graded item.

Class Cuts

Class cuts are designed for students who wish to be away for special occasions such as family events. Two class days of cuts are permitted per semester and may extend through the weekend. Cuts should be indicated as such when submitting day or overnight pass requests.

On-campus work students should receive approval from their work supervisor before submitting a request for class cuts. Nursing students should receive approval from their clinical coordinator. Teaching assistants (TAs) should receive approval from the Education Chair. Class cuts will not be granted to TAs during Pre-term or Interterm.

Class cuts may not be taken during activities required for your classification or major (e.g., recitals, forums) or during midterms, finals, or the Wednesday and Friday around Thanksgiving Day.

If you choose to take class cuts, it is your responsibility to keep up with academic requirements. Ask your instructors whether you should make up any missed quizzes, tests, assignments, activities, etc., before leaving for class cuts.

Senior Cuts

To meet with potential employers about employment after graduation, students completing a two-year or four-year degree may take 2 days absence of classes during their final year. Contact the Student Life Office for details prior to making any arrangements.


Three tardies to the same class equal one unexcused absence for that class. Tardiness of twenty-five minutes or more will be recorded as an unexcused absence.

Missed Tests/Exams

If you miss a test or midterm exam, make it up on one of the next two Saturdays at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. in the Testing Center (Library 3rd Floor). Enter through the library computer lab and check in at the Seminary Library desk. All tests carry a $10 Late Test Fee, payable only by your PCC Card. The grade for tests missed because of an unexcused absence will be lowered by 10 percent. Following proper procedure for class cuts or having a valid medical excuse from a doctor's office will not result in a penalty for missed tests; however, those absences do accumulate on your record.

The Testing Center is closed during final exams. Contact your instructor immediately if you miss a final exam.

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