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Attendance - Class

LMC Revised Date

Office of Origin: Academic Affairs & Student Services
Date Adopted:
Date Reviewed: 4-24-18
Last Date Modified & Approved: 01-27-09, 05-15-18, 06-26-18

Lake Michigan College is not considered an attendance taking institution. It is however consistent with the College philosophy that regular class attendance is necessary if the student is to receive maximum benefit from the course. Students are expected to be fully prepared and to attend every class and laboratory period for which they have registered. Students should give instructors as much notice as possible of unavoidable absences. Absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor, who will decide whether omitted work may be made up.  Attendance is restricted to only registered students or those with instructor permission.

Mindful of the diverse student body that Lake Michigan College serves, and the varied belief systems that its students represent, the College will make a reasonable effort to accommodate students who need to be excused from classes for the observance of religious holidays. This policy does not apply to students who knowingly register for classes scheduled to meet on days that consistently conflict with their day of worship, e.g., a student who signs up for Saturday classes when the student normally worships on Saturday.

In accordance with Title IX, LMC does not discriminate against any student, or exclude any student from its education program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student's pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom, unless the student requests voluntarily to participate in a separate portion of the program or activity. Lake Michigan College will meet state and federal regulations regarding attendance and comply with legal requests of governmental and private agencies for information on student attendance.  For student safety, Health Science students should refer to their program handbook.

The Department of Education defines an academically related activity as “physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students; submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam, completing an interactive tutorial, or participating in computer-assisted instruction; attending a study group that is assigned by the school; participating in an online discussion about academic matters; and initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.”  Attendance may also be required in academically related activities outside of regular class periods.

Discontinuing attendance in a class does not constitute dropping or withdrawing from a course. Failure to officially drop or withdraw from a course that the student is not attending will result in the grade earned according to grading criteria outlined in the course syllabus. A drop or withdrawal is not official until the student successfully completes and verifies the drop action in WaveLink or completes the appropriate withdrawal form and delivers it, in person, to the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus. No student should assume that an instructor has dropped or withdrawn him/her from a course. 

Additional attendance policies apply for Health Sciences and International students.  Students should refer to their program handbook.

Responsibility: Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, Vice President Student Engagement and Support Services

References: Registration Policy, Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

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