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 and the myPCC app.
Online students are expected to view all course lectures and to participate in all class activities. Students in on-campus classes are expected to be in class, to be on time, and to stay for the entire class period. However, we realize that there are some legitimate reasons for students to miss class.
Students who miss class for a legitimate reason must e-mail their faculty member and the department chair as soon as is reasonably possible. Individual faculty may decide to allow students to either make up the missed material or assign appropriate substitute material by recognizing the absence as an “excused” absence. Each faculty member retains the right to clarify the specifics of their classroom attendance policy.
In general, if you accumulate more unexcused absences than the number of days that course meets per week, you will lose one full letter grade in that course. Accumulating more unexcused absences than the number of days a course meets in two weeks may result in an “F.”
If you were incorrectly marked as absent or tardy, speak with your instructor to correct your record. If you cannot get the issue resolved, see your department chair. If you believe you are being treated unfairly regarding the denial of an excused absence, you may appeal the matter to your department chair. You have two weeks after attendance has been recorded to report any discrepancies.
Missing less than 25 minutes of a class period will be recorded as a tardy. Three unexcused tardies to the same class count as one unexcused absence for that class.
Classes missed for the following reasons are considered unexcused absences:
- Skipping class
- Being 25 or more minutes tardy for an unexcused reason
- Accumulating 3 unexcused tardies in the same class
- Leaving class for an unexcused reason and not returning, regardless of how much time is missed
For each unexcused absence after 10 cumulative unexcused absences (in all classes), 10 demerits will be given.
All projects and papers are due by the date assigned and may be subject to late penalties if an unexcused absence or tardy is recorded on the due date. Missing a quiz, presentation, or performance for an unexcused absence or tardy will result in a zero on that graded item.
Classes missed because of the following extenuating circumstances will always be excused; however, students who miss more than the equivalent of 3 weeks of classes may be asked to withdraw. Faculty will work with you to make up any missed assignments, projects, and tests when you return.
- Surgery/hospital stay
- Military duty
- Funeral leave (up to three weekdays)
- Court subpoena
- College-required activity
Class cuts are designed for students who wish to be away for special occasions, such as family events. For students in good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA or higher), 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. Absences for approved class cuts will be excused.
On-campus work students should receive approval from their work supervisor before submitting a request for class cuts. Nursing students should receive prior approval from the preceptorship instructor. Teaching assistants (TAs) should receive prior approval from the Internship Director and advisory teacher. Class cuts will not be granted to TAs during Pre-term.
Class cuts may not be taken during activities required for your classification or major (e.g., recitals, forums) or during midterms or finals. If you choose to take class cuts, it is your responsibility to keep up with academic requirements. Contact your teacher prior to leaving for class cuts to determine if any quizzes, tests, or assignments must be submitted before you leave.
Students completing a two- or four-year degree may take two class days of senior cuts during their final year to meet with potential employers about employment after graduation. Students who need additional days for the interview process should contact the Student Life Office for details prior to making any arrangements. Senior cuts are only available to students who have not already signed a contract for employment after graduation. Absences for approved senior cuts will be excused.
To apply for senior cuts, complete a Senior Cuts Request Form (available in the Student Life Office). You will be asked to provide a letter or e-mail from the potential employer confirming the interview.
On-campus work students must receive approval from their work supervisor before submitting a request for senior cuts. Nursing students should receive prior approval from the Nursing Chair. Teaching assistants (TAs) should receive prior approval from the Internship Director and advisory teacher. Senior cuts will not be granted to TAs during Pre-term.
If you choose to take senior cuts, it is your responsibility to keep up with the academic requirements. Contact your teacher prior to leaving for senior cuts to determine if any quizzes, tests, or assignments must be submitted before you leave.
If you miss a test or midterm exam, make it up one of the next two Saturdays at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. in the Testing Center in the Lyceum (Academic Center 1st Floor). The Testing Center is closed during final exams. Contact your teacher immediately if you miss a final exam.
Testing Center Fee
Tests missed because of surgery/hospital stay, military duty, funeral leave, a court subpoena, or a college-required activity can be taken with no fee. All other tests carry a $10 Testing Center Fee, payable only by your PCC Card. This fee is intended to cover the cost of offering this service.
The grade for tests missed because of an unexcused absence will be lowered by 10 percent.