Attendance Policy

Class Attendance and Punctuality

As developing professional colleagues, students are expected to attend all class sessions. Furthermore, students are expected to inform the instructor in advance of any absences. Failure to attend class sessions is likely to have a negative effect on the course grade.

Given that missing one class session in an off-campus course has significant implications regarding a student’s ability to successfully complete the course, students must notify instructors by phone or email of any impending absence, indicating how they will obtain material from the missed session. Students who miss more than one class may: (1) be asked to make up the missed class session by attending course lectures at the Boston campus, (2) receive a lower final grade as a result of the absence, (3) be asked to retake the entire course due to poor attendance, or (4) receive a failing grade for the course. Students who are asked to retake a course may not be able to continue their enrollment in the Off-Campus Programs (OCP) due to the schedule and structure of the course offerings at the OCP sites.

Since the framework for each class is established in the opening minutes of the session, it is important that all participants arrive on time. A persistent pattern of unapproved lateness may affect negatively a student’s course grade.

Religious Holidays

The School, in scheduling classes on a religious holiday, intends that students observing those holidays be given ample opportunity to make up work. For off-campus students, this may mean attending make-up classes in Boston, if needed. Faculty members who wish to observe religious holidays will arrange for another faculty member to meet their classes or for canceled classes to be rescheduled.

Class Cancellation

The toll-free Off-Campus Programs Information Line (800-322-8999) is updated on Tuesdays and Fridays at noon. Information regarding the upcoming weekend classes and events is available through the Info Line and the OCP web page. Classes may be canceled due to severe weather conditions, instructor illness, or other emergencies. Classes will be canceled only as a last resort. Every effort will be made to update the OCP Information Line by 2:00 p.m. on Fridays and by 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays.

Given the wide range of areas serviced by the Off-Campus Programs (Northeastern and Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) weather conditions may be worse in some areas than others. The decision to hold classes is made based on reports from the weather bureau and in conjunction with faculty and administration. At times, classes may be canceled because faculty members are unable to travel to the off-campus site.

Please remember that even if classes are being held, you should make your own decision about driving in inclement weather. If you are unable to attend class because of travel conditions, you must make arrangements with individual faculty members to make up the missed work.

Canceled classes are rescheduled during the make-up times. All class cancellations are announced via email and on the toll-free OCP Information Line (800 322 8999). Please keep “make-up” sessions listed on the calendar free.