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.
BAC Policy on Participation in Online Courses
Students are expected to participate in all online classes. An instructor may lower a student's final grade due to a student's unexcused failure to participate in required online coursework. Unexcused participation is defined as a lack of participation for which the student did not receive permission in advance from the instructor.
For required and elective 15-week and 16-week courses, if a student fails to participate as required over three weeks, an instructor may lower a students' grade one letter. If a student fails to participate as required over four weeks, an instructor will fail the student.
For elective eight-week 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 elective eight-week classes, if a student fails to particicpate as required over two weeks, an instructor may lower a student's grade one letter. If a student fails to participate as required over three weeks, and instructor may fail a student.
In the case of an accident, illness, or other emergency that causes a student to be unable to participate in the required coursework, a student must notify the instructor.
Work-related obligations and/or deadlines are not considered appropriate excuses for failure to participate in the coursework as required.
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.
The Massachusetts Fair Educational Practices Act (M.G.L.C. 151C, §2B) provides as follows:
"Any student in an educational or vocational training institution, other than a religious or denominational educational or vocational training institution, who is unable, because of his religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which he may have missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making avail- able to the said student such opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the provisions of this section."
Leave of Absence
A Leave of Absence (LOA) is a period of time in which a degree program student is not attending classes. Students must complete a Leave of Absence form available at the Office of Student Services or on the Registrar's webpage. Students who wish to take a Leave of Absence must first meet with an academic advisor and the representative of the Practice Office, in order to assess the implications that taking a leave will have on their progress. International students must speak with the Designated School Official/ International Advisor prior to processing a Leave of Absence. After obtaining the signature of the academic advisor the form should be submitted to the Registrar by the end of the add/drop period.
Leave of Absence forms are valid for one semester only. A new form must be completed before each additional semester of leave. A maximum leave of four consecutive semesters is allowed in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Students who would like to return after five or more consecutive semesters away from the BAC will be required to re-admit through Admissions.
While on a leave of absence students are responsible for the timely submission of their online Practice Report and Practice Registration Form at the end of each semester. Students who have accumulated more than a total of two semesters of leaves of absence at any point during their matriculated status at the BAC must obtain additional approval for any online Practice Hours submission. The approval process for these hours begins by completing a Prior Practice Learning Application and meeting with the Dean of Practice for approval of the submitted hours.
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.