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Class Attendance Policy

Attendance is expected in all classes. Absences are grounds for an instructor to lower a student's final grade.

  • For full-semester, in-person classes and 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 all half-semester and summer, in-person 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.
  • For full-semester, online courses if a student fails to participate as required over any three weeks, an instructor may lower a student's grade one letter and if a student fails to participate as required over any four weeks, an instructor has grounds to fail a student.
  • For half semester online courses, if a student fails to participate as required over two weeks, an instructor may lower a students' grade one letter and if a student fails to participate as required over three weeks, an instructor has grounds to fail a student.
  • For courses that include on-site intensive sessions and hybrid courses if a student misses more than 15% of participation the instructor may lower the students' grade one letter and if more than 20% of participation is missed an instructor has grounds to fail a student.

Please note that BAC faculty members have the authority to determine further impact of attendance on grading, as it pertains to class participation missed, which must be stated in the syllabus.

Note: Please check the Withdrawal and Student Refund Check sections under the Tuition and Financial Aid Policies & Procedures to see how not attending courses you are registered for can impact your Financial Aid

Emergency Situations

In the case of an accident, illness, or other emergency that results in absence or non-participation, a student must inform the Director of Advising Services, who will review submitted documentation and notify relevant instructors as needed. Students are always expected to make up work missed due to absences, even if faculty are unable to provide additional contact time. Work-related obligations and/or deadlines are not considered emergency situations. Students are expected to arrange both their practice and academic curriculum schedules so that neither compromises the other.

Religious Beliefs

Students whose religious beliefs may cause them to miss classes, examinations or studio reviews must inform their instructors ahead of time and provide documentation of their religious obligation for the specified date(s) to the Director of Advising Services. Although students are not penalized for missing class sessions and activities for such cause, they must make up work and any missed assignments within a reasonable amount of time and subject to deadlines established by their instructors at the time of notification.

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."

Fall 2020 Attendance Policy Guidelines for Remote Learning

The below attendance guidelines have been approved for the fall 2020 semester only.

Attendance and participation are expected in all classes. Missing significant class time compromises the learning experience and may negatively impact a student's course grade.

Full-semester, Online Classes and Studios

Three absences from scheduled meetings, or non-participation and incomplete work over any three weeks, are grounds for an instructor to lower a student's grade one letter. Four absences from scheduled meetings, or non-participation and incomplete work over any four weeks, are grounds for a student to fail the course. Students, please keep in regular contact with your instructors and let them know if for any reason you are unable to attend class.

All Half-semester and Summer, Online Classes

Two absences from scheduled meetings, or non-participation and incomplete work over any two weeks, are grounds for an instructor to lower a student's grade one letter. Three absences from scheduled meetings, or non-participation and incomplete work over any three weeks are grounds for a student to fail the course.

Courses that include Online Intensive Session and Hybrid Courses

If a student misses more than 15% of participation the instructor may lower the student's grade one letter. Missing more than 20% of participation is grounds for a student to fail the course. Students, please be in direct contact with your instructors if you have questions regarding what constitutes participation during intensive session and hybrid courses.

Please note: BAC faculty members have the authority to determine further impact of attendance and participation on grading, which must be stated in the syllabus.