Students enrolled in college programs are preparing themselves for direct entry into gainful employment. Employers state that the main characteristic sought in potential employees is dependability and punctuality. Therefore, the importance of student attendance is emphasized at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, and all students are expected to be present and prompt for all class sessions. Absent or present, students are responsible for all assigned work in each class. Missing more than ten percent (10%) of class time in a lecture setting may adversely affect a student's success in a course due to the missed opportunity of information from and interaction with faculty and classmates. Also, missing assignments as a result of tardiness or absences will have a detrimental effect on a student's final grade. Due to the varied demands of individual programs, some classes may have specific attendance requirements. It is the student's responsibility to review the attendance policy in each class syllabus.
Student Initiated Withdrawal
A student-initiated withdrawal through the Registrar's Office by the mid-point of a course will receive a grade of "W." A student who withdraws after the mid-point and before the final week of classes will receive a "W" if passing or a "WF" if failing. A student cannot withdraw from a course during the final week of the term.
Faculty must report the attendance status of students in order to comply with Federal Financial Aid regulations and ensure students receive the financial aid to which they are entitled.
Any student whose name appears on the Banner Web class roster who has not participated in class activities during the first seven (7) days of the term will be reported as a "no show" through the electronic No Show Program. Once reported as a "no show," the student will be removed from the faculty's Banner Web class roster and unable to participate in class for the remainder of the term. To avoid being reported as a no show, students must participate during the first week as follows:
Lecture Class: A student must participate in at least one class meeting during the first seven (7) days of the term.
Online Class: A student must log into the GPTC official Learning Management System (currently Blackboard) and must complete the participation assignment designated by the instructor during the first seven (7) days of the term.
Hybrid Class: A student must log into the GPTC official Learning Management System (currently Blackboard) and complete the participation assignment designated by the instructor or participate in at least one class meeting during the first seven (7) days of the term.
Participation (10% Rule)
Students who fail to meet the following criteria may be withdrawn from a course at the discretion of an instructor:
Lecture and Web-enhanced Class: A student misses ten percent (10%) of the in-class meetings. Tardiness is included in this percentage; two instances of arriving late or leaving early will equate to missing one in-class meeting.
Hybrid Class: A student misses ten percent (10%) of the in-class meetings and/or does not submit work for a consecutive two-week period.
- Online Class: A student fails to log into class and/or does not submit work for a consecutive two-week period.
A student who is withdrawn (self-withdrawal or faculty withdrawal) before the mid-point of the term will receive a grade of "W". A student who is withdrawn (self-withdrawal or faculty withdrawal) after the mid-point and before the final week of classes will receive a "W" if passing or a "WF" if failing.
Withdrawal from "Stacked Classes"
In some programs, students register for a full load of classes (stacked classes) at the beginning of the term; however, the courses are taught consecutively and each are pre-requisites to the next course. Some of the programs that fall into this category are Nursing, Cosmetology, Law Enforcement, EMT, Paramedic and several Industrial Division programs. Students that fail one of the pre-requisite courses will receive the grade of W for all subsequent "stacked classes" that term and will not be allowed to participate in them. If these course withdrawals occur after the Drop/Add and/or No-Show period, the student will not receive a refund of any tuition or fees. Prior to the beginning of the term, students participating in "stacked classes" will be asked to sign an acknowledgment of the refund policy for these courses.