Attendance Policy

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Courses that include On-site Intensive Session 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.

Excused Absences

In the case of an accident, illness, or other emergency that causes any absences, a student must inform the Dean of Advising Services, who will review submitted documentation and notify relevant instructors as needed. Students are always expected to make up any work missed due to absences, even if faculty are unable to make-up contact time. 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.

Religious Beliefs

Students whose religious beliefs may cause them to miss classes, examinations or studio reviews must inform their instructors and provide documentation of their religious obligation for the specified date(s). 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."