St. Catharine College is a voluntary community of learning in which the student holds the primary responsibility for his or her own actions and performance with the mentorship and assistance of the faculty. The College does not establish a mandatory “Cut” policy. However, the College does require that each faculty member establish an attendance policy that is appropriate for each course and to establish performance and grading criteria in regard to attendance.
Attendance in Clinical and Field Experience Courses: Attendance in Health Sciences classes in clinical settings or field experience assignments in teacher preparation programs is not only an academic responsibility, but also the demonstration of appropriate professional responsibility and maturity on the part of the student. The clinical hours are also set by accreditation agencies in some cases. Failure to meet attendance standards in clinical or field experience courses may result in dismissal from the course and/or from the program.
Attendance at Athletic Competition or Sponsored Events: The College recognizes attendance by team-members at scheduled inter-collegiate game or other student attendance at sponsored events that are part of their program of studies as a legitimate absence. HOWEVER, it is the responsibility of the student in all cases to inform the faculty member of the upcoming absence and to arrange appropriate schedules for completing the missed work. Absences that are not coordinated by the student in advance will not be considered as excused.
Student Responsibility for Attendance
Attendance is ultimately a student responsibility. Students who properly coordinate legitimate absences will be supported to the best of the faculty’s ability in a manner that is academically appropriate. Students who fail to coordinate absences in advance (other than emergencies) may be considered in unexcused absence status and denied access to make-up opportunities. Students are absent in an emergency must coordinate with faculty at the first class to which they return or their absence may be considered unexcused. Academic Dereliction: Academic dereliction is taken to mean a willfull pattern of non-attendance and/or non-participation in one or more classes that is so blatant as to prevent the student from passing the course(s) and/or have a negative effect on the experience of others in the class. Academic Dereliction also includes willful failure to meet financial obligations to the college, failure to conform to the basis of an award of scholarship, or failure to conform to requirements of a previously assigned academic probation. Academic dereliction does not encompass the failure to pass a course when good faith effort is being made, nor does it include Academic Dishonesty which is covered by other policies. Students held to be Academically Derelict may face a range of sanctions from failure of a single course to dismissal from the College.
Abandonment of Classes: Students who register but who fail to appear for any or all classes during the first week of classes will be administratively withdrawn from those classes. Class Abandonment following the first week of the term, is taken to mean a pattern of non-attendance across all classes for which a student is enrolled that is so blatant as to prevent the student from passing the courses involved. Students who simply cease coming to class without following proper withdrawal procedures may be considered to have abandoned the class and a grade of F may be issued. No refund will be given for an abandoned class. Abandonment of Classes may have direct effect on financial aid and eligibility for residence hall accommodation. The appeal process for abandonment is the same as for any other appeal of a grade.