Attendance and Grade Policy

Value of Attendance:
The JMC faculty values attendance at every class session. We believe students with superior attendance perform better than students with average or poor attendance. The teacher may require student to produce documentation of absence causes. Penalties will be imposed for excessive absences unless they are caused by:

  • Serious illness of the student.
  • Death or critical illness in immediate family.
  • Approved university off-campus activities. 
  • Other absolutely unavoidable occurrences.


Students whose absences do not meet above criteria may be penalized:

  • 5 MWF absences = minus one letter grade
  • 4 MW or TR absences = minus one letter grade
  • 2 one-day-a-week classes = minus one letter grade


Withdrawals Tied to Absences:
When a student's absences reach these levels, including university approved absences, the student will be withdrawn from the class:

  • 9 MWF classes, 
  • or 6 MW or TR classes, 
  • or 3 one-day-a-week classes, the student will be dropped from the class regardless of the reasons for the absences.


University Activity Participation:
Under university policy, a student who is required to miss a class to participate in a school activity by the academic administration will not be penalized by the teacher for missing that class. The student should not be penalized for the absence approved under this policy if he or she has satisfactorily made up the missed work within the time limit and in the way agreed upon by the student and the professor. Each professor may, but is not required to, drop a student from his or her class for nonattendance (absences in excess of 20 percent of the total meetings of the class) or for disruptive behavior in classrooms.