The following are considered excused absences:
Falsification of documentation is considered a violation of the School’s Honor Code and will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
The student will be held responsible for all work of a class missed during any absence. Opportunities to make up missed points in the form of class activities and quizzes will be at the discretion of the instructor or course coordinator.
A missed assessment will be graded as zero “0” by the course coordinator/instructor. Exceptions may be made for the following situations:
Attendance is MANDATORY. Attendance at the designated experiential site(s) is required to receive credit for the experiential courses. Attendance is a grading criterion as well as a requirement for certification of experiential hours. Please refer to the program specific experiential manual for more details.
If the student in going to be absent from the course/rotation for any reason, the student MUST notify the preceptor and the Office of Experiential Education for pre‐approval unless the absence is due to a personal emergency or emergency in the student’s immediate family (i.e., patent, grandparent, guardian, spouse, child, or sibling of the student) such as death, hospitalization or other emergency situation; in which case the student MUST notify the preceptor and the Office of Experiential education immediately.
Failure to notify the preceptor and the Office of Experiential Education will result in being reported to the VP of Academic Affairs in writing through the Honor Code Intake form.
Any time missed must be made-up before the end of the designated rotation block in which the student is participating.* Students who do not complete the minimum hours before the end of the course/ rotation block will automatically fail the course/rotation.† Personal days CANNOT be used for any Experiential Education Experience (IPPEs, Certificate Experience Elective, and/or APPEs).
*If a student is scheduled at a site on a school‐observed holiday (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving, etc.), and if the site is open on that holiday, then the student is expected to be on site. However, if the site is closed in observance of the holiday, it is at the preceptor’s discretion when the student will be required to make up the holiday (example, the preceptor may request the student to make up the time missed for Labor Day on Friday of that week)
Attendance during the experiential phase is mandatory.
If the student is going to be absent from the fieldwork or doctoral capstone experience for any reason, the student MUST notify the fieldwork educator/DCE site mentor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Doctoral Capstone Coordinator for pre‐approval unless the absence is due to a personal emergency or emergency in the student’s immediate family (i.e., parent grandparent, guardian, spouse, child, or sibling of the student). An emergency may include death, hospitalization, or other emergency situation. In these circumstances, the student must notify fieldwork educator/DCE site mentor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Doctoral Capstone Coordinator immediately. For more specific details on this policy, please refer to the OTD Fieldwork and Capstone Manual.
Online students are subject to the following attendance policy. Student attendance in an online course is defined as active participation in the course. Participation in this course may take the form of posting to discussion forums, submitting assignments to drop boxes, or completing quizzes or exams. Students need to participate each week in some way to satisfy the attendance requirement. (Note: logging into the course does not qualify as participation and will not be counted as meeting the attendance requirement).
Students can be dropped seven calendar days after the start of the semester if they:
In addition, any student failing to meet the attendance requirement for more than two consecutive weeks may be sent a “stopped attending” letter. At midterm, the Institute will administratively drop any student who has failed to meet the attendance requirement as set forth by the instructor. After midterm, students who stop participating in a class without officially dropping a class and who are not administratively dropped may receive a grade of “F” for the course. This may also have an impact on certain financial aid awards. It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to drop a course. Any student who can’t meet the attendance requirements for a given week should contact their instructor immediately
Arriving late to class is disruptive to other students and faculty as it interrupts the teaching and learning process. Students arriving late to class will forfeit any points that may have been earned through quizzes or other activities prior to their arrival to class, unless a valid excuse is submitted and approved by the instructor.