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 Tech, 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 significant class time 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 have detrimental effects on a student’s final grade.
Student Initiated Withdrawals
A student may withdraw from courses up until the final week of classes. A student cannot withdraw from a course during the final week of the term.
Students who want or need to withdraw from classes for any reason must follow these steps:
- Complete the Withdrawal Form
- Print out and save the form for personal records
- Submit the form to Financial Aid for approval
- Take approved form to the Registrar’s Office
The date recorded in the Georgia Piedmont Tech Attendance Tracking system is the official date of withdrawal.
- Students having an emergency situation such as illness, accident, or death in the immediate family should contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.
- A Stop Payment on a check does not constitute a formal withdrawal nor does it cancel the student’s financial obligation. An outstanding balance consisting of these fees plus a returned check fee will still be owed to Georgia Piedmont Tech.
Georgia Piedmont Tech Withdrawal Policy
Due to the varied demands of individual programs, some classes may have specific contact or instructional hour requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to review specific program and course policies.
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 will be 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
- Hybrid Class: A student must log into the official Learning Management System (Blackboard) and complete the participation assignment designated by the instructor, or participate in at least one class meeting during the first seven (7) calendar days of the term
- Online Class: A student must log into the official Learning Management System (Blackboard), and must complete the participation assignment designated by the instructor during the first seven (7) calendar days of the term
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 course is a pre-requisite to the next course. Some of the programs that fall into this category are Nursing, Cosmetology, Law Enforcement, EMT, Paramedic, CISCO, and several Industrial Division programs. Students that fail one of the pre-requisite courses will be “no showed” from the remaining courses that term and will not be allowed to participate in them.