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Attendance Policy

Attendance & Academic Activity

Attendance is defined as participating in a qualifying Academic Activity.  ABTU defines Academic Activity as any activity carried out by the student which contributes to his or her academic progress and establishes a last date of attendance (LDA). Qualifying activities include:

  • Attending a live-online class session
  • Watching a recorded class session
  • Submitting a homework assignment or project
  • Attempting a lab simulation
  • Posting/responding to a threaded discussion
  • Attending a tutoring/academic advising session
  • Taking a pretest
  • Taking a test or quiz

Attendance Expectations – Credit Hour Courses

Students must complete academic activity consistently each week.  A student who does not complete a qualified Academic Activity for a period of 14 days may be dismissed.  See Dismissal policy here (http://policies.abtu.edu/dismissal-policy-dis-pl-1211).  A student is encouraged to attend at least 120 minutes of live-online class sessions per week, for each 3 credit hour course taken and should attend all sessions when possible. A student is responsible for watching the recordings for any sessions he or she may have missed and answer class discussion questions that engage them in the actual session content they missed to earn attendance points for those sessions. It is required that a student attend a live lecture, or view the recording, and post responses to class discussion questions, during the first week, and every week of each course. Failing to attend at least one live lecture or view a recording during the first week, and post responses to discussion questions, may result in a student’s cancellation.

Attendance Warning & Dismissal – Credit Hour Courses

A student’s grade is affected by attendance in two ways.  First, attendance of lectures helps the student to better understand concepts, terms, and application of material.  Second, ten percent (10%) of the student’s grade is based on attendance.

A student who does not attend live or recorded lectures and post responses to class discussions, should expect the following:

  • First Week: The student will be contacted by Student Success department for advisement.
  • Second Week: The Success department will contact the student via e-mail and he or she will be warned of possible dismissal for non-compliance.
  • Third Week: If the student fails to attend a live lecture or view a recording, and post responses to discussion questions for three (3) weeks in a row and also fails to attend a one-on-one tutoring session, the student will be dismissed for non-compliance.

Attendance Expectations – Clock Hour Courses

Full-time students are expected to complete 18 hours of qualifying Academic Activity.  Students must complete 80% or more of the required clock hours scheduled in the enrolled course or program each month.  Students must complete all of the required clock hours to complete a course or program.  Student who do not complete a qualifying Academic Activity for 30 day will be dismissed.

Attendance Warning & Dismissal – Clock Hour Courses

A student who do not complete 80% or more of the clock hours scheduled each month should expect the following:

  • Weekly:  Student Services will contact the student via e-mail/phone and he/she will be advised to make up any missed hours before the end of the month.
  • First Month: If the student does not complete 80% or more of the required clock hours for the month, Student Services will contact the student via e-mail/phone and he/she will be warned of possible dismissal for non-compliance if the issue persists.
  • Second Month: If the student does not complete 80% or more of the required clock hours for the second consecutive month the student will be dismissed for non-compliance.

Clock Hour Measurement

The total number of clock hours assigned to a vocational program, consists of the sum of clock hours for each academic content category in the particular program. The clock hour calculation formula for each academic activity category is listed below.

With all attendance policy violations, unusual circumstances are always considered in student responses, and appeals to dismissals.  Students have the right to appeal dismissal, see Appeals Policy here (policies.abtu.edu/appeals-app-pl-0613).


Updated on 3/20/2020: Updated Clock Hour expectations. Ramsey Atieh

Updated on 9/1/2019: Added Clock Hour expectations an Academic Activity requirements. Ramsey Atieh

Updated on 7/3/2018:  Removed “required live lecture” and acknowledgement language. Ramsey Atieh

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