Attendance Policy

Responsibility for class attendance rests with the student. Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from a course or verify that the instructor has initiated the withdrawal procedure.

Regular and punctual attendance in all classes is expected. When a student has a legitimate reason for being absent, the instructor has the option of permitting the student to make up work missed and may require an explanation for the absence. In the event that a student’s absence is the result of him/her representing the College and attending a school sponsored activity or event,  the student will only be permitted to make up work in accordance with the policies/guidelines of the class and as they are outlined in the course syllabus.

Students receiving financial aid are required by federal regulations to have begun attending the courses for which they are enrolled on or before the census date (e.g., 12th day of each semester). Attendance in an online course is verified by substantial participation in the course on or before the census date. TVCC defines substantial participation as logging in to the online course and completing/participating in at least one requirement of the course, as stated in the course syllabus. Students documented as not attending a course upon the census date are assumed (for financial aid purposes) to have not begun attendance for that course, and this may negatively affect financial aid disbursements.

The College reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of nonattendance. In general, students are graded on the basis of intellectual effort and performance. In many cases, class participation is a significant measure of performance, and nonattendance can adversely affect a student’s grade. When, in the judgment of the instructor, a student has been absent to such a degree as to jeopardize the chances of success in the course, the instructor may recommend to the Advisement Center that the student be dropped from the course. However, an instructor is not required to withdraw a student from a course.

Instructors may choose to withdraw students for nonattendance after they have accumulated excessive absences. Some instructors use the guidelines below for determining excessive absences. Please refer to the course syllabus for specific information on attendance requirements.

Fall or Spring Semester 16-Week Semester
6 absences — Tuesday, Thursday classes
6 absences — Monday, Wednesday classes
3 absences — Classes meeting one time per week

Summer Semester
2 absences — Classes meeting 2 evenings per week
4 absences — Classes meeting 4 days per week

Excused Absences for Religious Holy Days

A student shall be excused from attending classes or other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for such purposes. A religious holy day means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20, Tax Code.

A student whose absence is excused under this provision may not be penalized for that absence and will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within a reasonable time after the absence. The instructor may appropriately respond if the student fails to satisfactorily complete the assignment or examination.