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 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.
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 attendance requirements. In these cases, the program attendance requirements supersede the college policy. It is the student’s responsibility to review the attendance policy in each class syllabus.
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 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.
Participation (10% Rule)
Attendance will be recorded every day a class meets. Students who miss 10% or more of a course will be withdrawn. Ten percent (10%) equates to the following (NOTE: some programs have unique course lengths, and the instructor will inform students about the number of absences allowed)::
Standard Length Courses
15-week classes (fall/spring) – 3 Classes
10-week classes (summer) – 2 Classes
7-week classes (accelerated) – 1 Classes
Tardiness is included in this percentage. Two instances of arriving late by 10 minutes, or leaving early by 10 minutes will equate to missing one in-class meeting. Exceptions to the 10% rule can be made due to extenuating circumstances, as determined by the course faculty member. For Lecture and Web-enhanced Classes, attendance will be recorded every day class meets. For Hybrid Classes, attendance will be recorded every day class meets, and at least once per week online. A student that misses both the in-class meeting and the online work in a week will be marked absent.
Online Classes (attendance will be recorded at least once per week)
- 15-week classes (fall/spring) – missing 2 weeks or more of active participation
- 10-week classes (summer) – missing 1 week or more of active participation
- 7-week classes (accelerated) missing 1 week or more of active participation
Active participation in an online class is weekly student participation which can be documented by any or all of the following methods:
- Submission/completion of assignments
- Completion of tests or quizzes
- Communication with the instructor
- Other class participation as stated by the instructor
If a student completes all course work for an online class early and ahead of schedule, they will not be subject to attendance requirements for the remainder of the term.