It is important that students attend the first class meeting of each course in which they are enrolled, whether or not it is designated as a lecture or a lab. Faculty may drop students who do not appear in the first lecture or lab session. The primary responsibility for class attendance and following the course schedule provided by the instructor rests with the student. Consequently, students must process all adds or drops to their course schedules and are held responsible for updating their own enrollment records. To be officially recorded, adds and drops must be submitted electronically by the appropriate deadlines (check deadline dates in the Schedule of Classes or online by viewing section detail). Students are expected to attend all sessions of a course in which they are enrolled. Anticipated absences should be reported to instructors in advance in order to complete assigned work by due dates. All other absences should be reported to instructors immediately upon returning to class and any missed coursework should be made up. If an emergency requires a long absence and the instructor cannot be reached, students should contact the appropriate instructional dean or designee. Students are held financially accountable for every course in which they are registered and are responsible for their own class schedule and any changes.
Prior to census (20% of the class), a faculty member may drop a student as a “no show”. A "no show" is a student who is registered but does not attend the first class session.
At census, in accordance with Title 5, section 58004, instructors shall drop any inactive students. Instructors shall clear their rolls of inactive students not later than the end of the last business day before the census day for all students.
"Inactive students" include:
- Students identified as "no-shows"
- Students who officially withdraw from the course
- Students who are "no longer participating"; "no longer participating" includes, but is not limited to:
- Excessive unexcused absences without any "extenuating circumstances" (must relate to nonattendance); excessive unexcused absences are normally defined as more than the number of times the class meets per week
- "Extenuating circumstances" are verified cases of accidents, illness, other circumstances beyond the control of the student
The instructor has the responsibility for maintaining accurate attendance records in accordance with established procedures.