Students are expected to attend each meeting of their registered courses.  Experience demonstrates that regular attendance enhances academic success.  Cayuga’s attendance policy allows instructors to withdraw a student from a course due to excessive absences. The College recognizes that there are times when students may miss class, and has instituted a policy that takes this into consideration.

There are NO EXCUSED ABSCENCES under this policy. All absences can be counted, regardless of the reason for the absence, including but not limited to field trips, illness, athletic trips, court appearances (other than jury duty) and other personal reasons.

Students are responsible for keeping track of their number of absences.  Instructors are not required to notify a student orally or in writing before dropping a student from a course due to excessive absences.

Withdrawal from a course(s) may affect a student’s current or future financial aid eligibility.  Students should consult the Financial Aid Office to learn both short and long term consequences of a withdrawal.

Participation in classroom activities including lectures, films, guest speakers, class discussions, and group activities all contribute to student success in college level coursework.  If one is not in attendance one cannot participate. Instructors may include class participation as one component of evaluation and grading.  Therefore, lack of attendance may influence a student’s ability to do well in a course where participation is highly valued by the instructor.



Class or Lab Meets An instructor may withdraw a student from a course if absences exceed:
Once weekly 3
Twice weekly 6
Three times weekly 9
Four times weekly 12
Five times weekly 15


Class or Lab Meets An instructor may withdraw a student from a course if absences exceed:
Once weekly 1
Twice weekly 2
Three times weekly 3
Four times weekly 4
Five times weekly 5

Students enrolled in a course that meets for other than the full semester or 5 week sessions may be withdrawn when they have been absent more than 20% of the scheduled class meetings.

A withdrawal initiated by an instructor or the student will result in a grade of “W”.  Students may initiate a formal course withdrawal through the Registrar’s Office before 5:00 p.m. the last day of the course.  The deadline for withdrawing from week-end courses is before 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the last day of the course.

A stricter alternative attendance policy may be applied within a curriculum, with the approval of the division and the Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. An instructor will notify students in writing when it is necessary to apply a more restrictive and approved policy due to educational requirements.



If a student is late, leaves and returns during, or leaves the class before the class is over, he/she may, at the discretion of the instructor, be considered absent.  Students are required to wait a minimum of ten minutes before leaving a class if an instructor is not present at the beginning of a class period, unless instructed otherwise.



Students may change their schedules during the drop/add late registration period.  However, the missed classes that occurred before the student added the course may, at the discretion of the instructor, count as absences in the student’s attendance record for that course.



Students are expected to be present, pay attention, and participate during classes.  Use of cell phones and other electronic devices during class time may be considered a classroom disruption as defined in the Instructor’s course syllabus.