Catalog  –  2013 - 2014


Attendance Policies - Class Attendance

Regular class attendance is expected of all students enrolled in the college. It is especially important that students attend the first session of each class for it is at this time that instructors may distribute syllabi and course requirements and explain what is expected in terms of attendance. Students enrolled in classes that are full may be dropped by the instructor if they do not attend the first class session. (See First-Day Drop Policy below.) Students on a course waitlist should also attend the first class meeting to avoid being dropped.

The attendance policy for each course is established by the instructor and communicated to each class, preferably in writing. Attendance policies will be reasonably related to course objectives, the requirements of institutional reporting and legitimate absences. Instructors are responsible for maintaining accurate attendance records.

While it is the responsibility of instructors to communicate attendance policies and to apply them equally to all students, it is the responsibility of students to know the policy in each of their classes and to be aware of their current attendance status. Students who have been absent from a class should notify the instructor of the reason for the absence. Absence in no way relieves students of responsibility for work missed. Excessive absence may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from any class or classes in which they no longer wish to be enrolled. Non-attendance does not release the student from this responsibility.

First-Day Drop Policy

Because many classes become filled and are closed, students in lecture and/or lab courses may be dropped if they do not attend the first class meeting without notifying the instructor.

Students in open entry courses may be dropped if they do not begin attending during the first week of classes.

Distance Education Attendance and Non-Participation Policy

All students enrolled in Distance Education courses must log in to the course (s) and complete any assignment(s) or other activities, to be determined by the instructor, that are required during the first week. Students who fail to complete first-week assignments/activities within the instructor’s deadline will be dropped.

After the first week and during the time period before the final withdrawal date, “students are responsible for officially withdrawing from any class or classes in which they not longer wish to be enrolled,” as stated in the Porterville College Catalog. (See the catalog section “Withdrawing from classes” for additional details.)

Withdrawing From Classes

Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from any class or classes in which they no longer wish to be enrolled. After registration has been completed, and within the withdrawal date guidelines, students may drop from a class or classes through the web registration system. Non-attendance or non-payment does not release the student from this responsibility and may result in a failing grade being awarded.

Within the withdrawal date guidelines, instructors may drop students from a course for nonattendance, or failure to meet the requirements of the course.

Withdrawal from a class or classes is authorized through sixty percent (60%) of a course. The academic record of a student who remains in a class beyond the last day noted above must reflect a symbol authorized in Policy 4C4A, other than a “W”. No notation (“W” or other) shall be made on the academic record of the student who withdraws during approximately the first twenty percent (20%) of a course. Withdrawal between approximately twenty percent (20%) of a course and sixty percent (60%) of a course shall be recorded as a “W” on the student’s record. The “W” shall not be used in calculating grade point averages, but excessive “W’s” shall be used as factors in probation and dismissal procedures. No ‘W’ grades may be issued after the 60 percent date. In courses other than semester length, the instructor or Admissions and Records Office should be consulted regarding withdrawal date deadlines.

A student may contact the Office of Admissions and Records regarding the procedure to drop or withdraw after the final withdrawal date deadline if there are verifiable extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illnesses or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. This must be done by the last day of classes and prior to the beginning of the final examination period for the term in which the withdrawal will apply.

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the college are required to return all check-out supplies, equipment and library books, and pay all fines and debts owed the college.