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Attendance Policy — SGCS
NOTE: Please consult program directors for all programs in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry for applicable attendance policy.
In programs/courses where the collaborative learning team approach is used, the course grade is affected by learning team performance, and team attendance and participation are mandatory.
The team participation grade is established by the course facilitator with the following recommendations:
On-Ground Attendance and Participation Policy
On-ground courses will begin on the first day that the course is scheduled to meet. In some programs, assignments may be made for the course prior to the start of the first week of class. The office of the Associate Registrar - SGCS monitors attendance records.
Instructors will address tardiness on an individual basis. Learners are expected to arrive for class on time and remain for the entire four-hour period.
Learners are encouraged to contact their Student Advocate to discuss his/her options regarding attendance and withdrawal based on personal circumstances. Any learner who has missed 29 consecutive calendar days will be withdrawn from his/her respective program.
In the event a learner incurs a serious illness or has another extraordinary circumstance which necessitates missing scheduled class sessions, the learner must contact his/her Student Advocate to discuss whether continued enrollment in the course or a leave of absence should be considered.
The Office of Financial Aid must be notified by the Associate Registrar - SGCS immediately upon withdrawal. If a learner is withdrawn from the program by the Program Director/Coordinator due to non-attendance, the date the withdrawal is entered is the official date of the withdrawal. The maximum leave of absence from the program is 180 days if the learner has financial aid.
Online Attendance Policy and Course Requirements
Attendance for First Week of an Online Class
Students are required to log in to online classes no later than Day 1 of the first week of class (start date of the course) to retrieve the course syllabus and introduce themselves to their classmates in the Week I Introduction Forum.
NOTE: Online classes are available to students two weeks prior to the start day of the class, which provides an adequate interval of time to log in to the class and complete the initial tasks of retrieving the syllabus and posting an introduction in the Week 1 Introduction Forum.
The syllabus is an essential guide to a class because it provides specific details about a course, such as
Student who do not log in to their online class on or before Day 1 (start day of the course) will lose a full letter grade for the course according to the following schedule:
Attendance in Online Classes After Week 1
In all online, class-weeks subsequent to Week 1, students who fail to make a substantive post during the seven-day, class-week interval will be recorded as absent. Students who are absent from class are subject to the On-Ground Attendance and Participation Policy of the University. This policy is described fully in the course syllabus and in the previous section above.
Conduct in Discussion Forums
Discussion forums are vital for effective, online learning. Demeaning comments are not permitted. Inappropriate or derogatory language, ethnic, racial, or gender-based comments, suggestions, or undercurrents are not tolerated.