Attendance Policy

The academic success of each student depends on his/her attendance and classroom participation. Every student is expected to maintain regular, consistent attendance, participate in all activities and complete assignments in order to remain in good standing. Regular class attendance is an essential for the educational process. Absences must be kept to a minimum. 
  • Attendance will be taken in every class. Absences will be recorded in the student’s permanent record. 
  • ACS uses an attendance swipe card system to accurately maintain student attendance and tardies. Students swipe their school ID card when they enter and leave class. The student’s record is automatically recorded in The Student Management System. 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their absences. 
  • Students that are absent for 14 consecutive days will be terminated without notification. 
  • Students should notify their instructor when they will be absent or late for class. 
  • Students in all programs must attend a minimum of 80% of the course hours. This is especially important for students with F-1 status (see next section below). 
· Refer to “Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards” (SAP) for procedures for students failing to meet the required 80% attendance rate. 
· Students that will be absent for longer than 1 week due to a medical condition should request a Leave of Absence. 
· Students requesting special consideration for an absence must put it in writing using a Request Form and receive written approval from the   Director 

Class Registration after the start of classes
Students are responsible for absences due to late registration. 
          These absences will be counted in the semester total and will be subject to the current attendance policy.

Tardiness and Early Departures
            Being late for or leaving early for class is disruptive to both the teachers and students and diminishes the learning experience. It is                         expected that students will be at their assigned places when classes begin. 
· Tardiness is when a student arrives more than 15 minutes late to class.
· An early departure is when the student leaves before the instructor dismisses the class. 
If a student is tardy or leaves early, the length of time for tardiness and/or early departure will be recorded and will be counted against the total percentage of student attendance 

For example:

A day student attends classes from 9 am to 1:30 pm Monday thru Thursday for a total of 18 hours. She attends classes as:

Monday: 10 am to 1:30 pm (attends 3 hr 30 min) 
Tuesday: 9am to 11:30 am (attends 2 hr 30 min) 
Wednesday: 9am to 1:30 pm (attends 4 hr 30 min) 
Thursday: 10:30 am to 12:45 pm (attends 2 hr 15 min) 
18 hrs ÷ 12.75 = 70.8 % attendance rate