Students are expected to attend all classes including discussion sections and laboratory periods for each course, although the instructor of a particular course may allow students to miss a small number of classes (typically no more than three) at his or her discretion without academic penalty.
In general, absenteeism from a course will lead to a lower grade and may even result in failure. Students are held accountable for absences owing to late enrollment. Students who must miss class due to religious holidays should inform their instructors in advance and make appropriate arrangements to make up missed work. (See below for the University's policy on religious holidays.)
When an instructor judges a student's absences to be excessive, the instructor may report this to the Office of the Dean of Students for appropriate action.
Absences or Falling Behind in Class
Students who find themselves unable to attend classes or complete academic work at any time during the semester are advised to contact their GS academic advisors immediately. In consultation with the advisor and the instructor, a student may be able to make arrangements for extensions on work within the time frame of the semester; or, under more serious circumstances, may be advised to withdraw from a course or from the semester. Students who miss more than two weeks of classes are counseled to give serious consideration to withdrawing from the semester.
It is the policy of the University to respect its members’ religious beliefs. In compliance with New York State law, each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No student will be penalized for absence due to religious beliefs, and alternative means will be sought for satisfying any academic requirements involved.
Officers of administration and of instruction responsible for the scheduling of academic activities or essential services are expected to avoid conflict with religious holidays as much as possible. If a suitable arrangement cannot be worked out between the student and the instructor involved, they should consult the appropriate dean or director. If an additional appeal is needed, it may be taken to the Provost.