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Attendance Policy

St. Catherine University defines attendance as participating in the faculty and student interaction required by the course.  The manner of participation used for attendance is defined by the format of the course. For online courses, attendance means following the communication requirements and due dates on the syllabus. For in-class learning, attendance means that (1) students are expected to arrive at class on time and stay for the duration of the class; and (2) students, whether present or not, are responsible for in-class content. For hybrid courses, students must follow both the online and in-class attendance requirements. For individualized study (e.g. independent study, directed study, research credits), communication during the first week is required to establish attendance. Failure to attend, for any reason, may be taken into account in the evaluation of the student's work. Each instructor will include the attendance/participation policy in the course syllabus.

It is not required that attendance be reported throughout the semester.  However, it is required that registered students attend the first day of class, or first week for online/individualized study/off campus courses that do not meet on a specific day.  Regular class attendance (for in-class), or online communication (for online learning) is expected of all students. 

Students who do not attend the first day/first week of class will be withdrawn from the course by the Registrar’s Office.  Faculty who elect to take attendance have the option to request course withdrawal for students who do not attend the class for 14 consecutive calendar days.  Under all other circumstances, the student must initiate withdrawal from a course. Even if a student does not attend class meetings or does not log into the online course, the student remains financially responsible for paying tuition for the course, up to the date of formal withdrawal. The academic calendars on the University's website contain the add, drop and withdrawal deadlines.