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Absences

Attendance is expected in all classes. Excessive unexcused absences are grounds for an instructor to lower a student's final grade. An unexcused absence is defined as an absence for which the student did not receive permission from the instructor.

  • for 15-week classes and all studios, three unexcused absences are grounds for an instructor to lower a student's grade one letter, and four unexcused absences are grounds for an instructor to fail a student
  • for eight-week, half-semester required computer classes, one unexcused absence is grounds for an instructor to lower a student's grade one letter, and two unexcused absences are grounds for an instructor to fail a student
  • for all other eight-week, half-semester classes, two unexcused absences are grounds for an instructor to lower a student's grade one letter, and three unexcused absences are grounds for an instructor to fail a student.

In the case of an accident, illness, or other emergencies that causes excessive absences, a student is encouraged to inform their professor as well as the Dean of Advising Services, so appropriate notification and accommodations can be made. Work-related obligations and/or deadlines are not considered appropriate excuses for absence from class. Students are expected to arrange both their practice and academic curriculum schedules so that neither compromises the other.

Students are advised and encouraged to attend class sessions even if they have failed to complete an assignment or have failed to prepare adequately for a class session. Missing class time further increases a student's lack of preparation. Please note that BAC faculty members have the authority to issue individual class policies that are more restrictive than the BAC policy.

MDS Attendance Policy

Attendance at In-Boston Intensive Class Week: During selected semesters, students are required to participate in an intensive orientation and learning session of 8 days duration conducted at the Boston Architectural College in Boston. Accommodations during this "Intensive" week are included in program fees for each semester. Transportation and meals are not included. Attendance policy the "Intensive" week is as follows:

  • Two days of Intensive missed: Possibility of lower grade for the course.
  • Three days of Intensive missed: Possibility of failure of course.

BAC faculty members have the authority to issue individual class policies that are more restrictive than the standard BAC policy described here.

Absences for Religious Reasons
Students whose religious beliefs may cause them to miss classes, examinations, or studio reviews must inform their instructors and provide documentation of their religious commitment. Although students are not penalized for missing class sessions and activities for such cause, their instructors may require that they make up any missed assignments within a reasonable amount of time and subject to published deadlines.

Leave of Absence

Thinking you need to take a longer absence from class or the BAC? Check out this link for more information about taking a Leave of Absence.