Academic Standards & Policies
Students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance, including online courses. The university has no policy allowing a certain number of excused absences or cuts. Instructors will announce their attendance policies at the beginning of the course, including what constitutes attendance in online courses. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive may be dropped from the course with a grade of W or F. In the event a student may have unusual absences, it is the student’s responsibility to contact instructors.
Absences caused by participation in a university-sponsored activity are considered official if the sponsor of the activity has received approval from the administration. The student must make up the work missed even though the absences are official.
Absences due to Religious Holy Days
Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. “Religious holy day” shall mean a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20, Tax Code. Students are encouraged to notify instructors about upcoming religious holy days early in the semester to provide adequate time for planning and any necessary schedule adjustments.
A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence. A student who is excused under this section may not be penalized for the absence, but the instructor may appropriately respond if the student fails to satisfactorily complete the assignment or examination. (Based on Texas Education Code §51.911)