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Online Attendance and Non-Attendance

Policy Information

Issuing Office

Registrar's Office

Affected Parties


Policy Language

A student has attended an online course if he/she has submitted an academic assignment (such as an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic event) or has communicated with his/her professor regarding academic content or specific assignments within official course dates. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term.

Policy Rationale

To ensure that students understand the expectation set forth by the University for attending and participating in online classes.

Definition of Glossary Terms

None specified

Procedural Information


Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic event activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options.

The student alone assumes responsibility for course work missed from non-attendance. A student who presents the instructor with an adequate and documented reason for absence may be given an opportunity to make up the work missed. Military students who have received advanced notification orders are required to provide documentation for their military-related absence two weeks prior to the absence when feasible; however, students should turn-in documentation as soon as the orders are received. Whenever possible, students are required to be proactive by turning in pre-assigned coursework before their military-related absence begins. In the event of a short notice military obligation (e.g. State Active Duty, emergency mobilization, rescheduled training assembly, etc.), students must notify faculty members as soon as possible. Faculty are encouraged to provide students with alternative deadlines if military obligations predicate the need for short-term absences in online courses. Students are subject to unofficial withdrawals for extended


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