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. If you were incorrectly marked as absent or tardy, speak with your instructor to correct your record. If you cannot get the issue resolved, then go see your academic chair. All other attendance discrepancies should be reported to the Registrar, A-1, using the Class Absence/Tardy Review Form. You have two weeks after attendance has been recorded to report any discrepancies.
Each course meets a specified number of days per week. If you accumulate more absences than the number of days that course meets per week, you will lose one full letter grade in that course. More absences than the number of days a course meets in two weeks will result in an “F.”
Three tardies to the same class equal one absence for that class. Tardiness of twenty-five minutes or more will be recorded as an absence.
Extenuating Circumstances—No Penalty
Classes missed because of the following extenuating circumstances will not count toward the attendance policy. 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
General Absences/Tardies—Makeup Allowed
Makeup work is allowed for classes missed because of legitimate unavoidable circumstances, doctor’s appointments, or because you were checked into your room sick (town students call in sick). If you accumulate more absences than the number of days a course meets per week, health-related absences will be excused from the attendance policy if you submit a doctor’s note verifying the illness (dated for the day of the absence) to the Registrar, A-1. Doctor’s notes must be submitted within two weeks of an absence.
Unexcused Absences/Tardies—Makeup Not Allowed
- Skipping class
- Leaving class early
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 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—No Penalty
Class cuts are designed for students who wish to be away for special occasions, such as family events. These absences do not count toward the attendance policy. 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.
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 their clinical coordinator. Teaching assistants (TAs) should receive prior approval from the Education Chair. 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. Ask your instructors whether you should make up any missed quizzes, tests, assignments, activities, etc., before leaving for class cuts.
Senior Cuts—No Penalty
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. These absences do not count toward the attendance policy.
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 email 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 their clinical coordinator. Teaching assistants (TAs) should receive prior approval from the Internship Director and Advisory Director. Senior cuts will not be granted to TAs during Pre-term.
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). 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. Following proper procedure for class cuts, checking into your room when sick, or doctor’s appointment will not result in a 10 percent penalty.
The Testing Center is closed during final exams. Contact your instructor immediately if you miss a final exam.