Academic Policies

Class Attendance and Administrative Drop

Students are expected to be regular and punctual in class attendance. The University believes that students themselves are primarily responsible for attendance. Instructors will provide students with written statements of their policies with respect to absences. Excessive or extended absence from class is sufficient reason for the instructor to recommend that the student be administratively dropped from the course. For those courses in which enrollment is limited, missing the first class session may be interpreted as excessive absence. If this action is filed in the External Link Office of the Registrar by the end of the fourth week of classes, it will result in cancellation of registration in the course. The date received by the Office of the Registrar determines how the administrative drop affects the student'sacademic record:

  • Prior to the end of the 4th week of classes in Fall/Spring (or the end of the first week in a Summer term), the course will be deleted from the student'srecord at the end of the semester.
  • An administrative drop in weeks five through eight of Fall/Spring (second week in a Summer term) will result in the grade of W or E (F if a student is enrolled in the class Pass/Fail). This grade is determined by the course instructor.
  • The grade of XO is awarded for students who are administratively dropped for courses taken for audit after the External Link deadline to drop without a grade of W.
  • After the end of the 8th week of classes in Fall/Spring (end of the third week in a Summer term), administrative drops will not be processed.

The student may notify the External Link Dean of Students Office when an absence from class of one week or more is unavoidable. The office will maintain a file of such reports available to instructors upon request.


Administrative drop is an instructor's option, not an obligation. Instructors are not required to drop students who fail to attend class. Any student who intends to drop or withdraw from a course must do so following drop and withdrawal instructions. Students who are enrolled in a course but fail to attend class will receive an E grade in the course.

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