Since excessive absences or tardiness may affect the quality of a student's academic performance, the College expects all students to attend classes regularly. Faculty members are free to determine their own policies regarding irregular class attendance.
Students must complete all assignments, examinations, and other requirements in all of their courses. Absence does not constitute exemption from such obligations, and it is the student's responsibility to take the initiative in making up any work missed.
Students must be aware, however, that the opportunity to make up an examination is not a student right, rather it is a privilege granted under special circumstances. Faculty members are free to determine their own policies regarding make-up examinations, except that examinations must be offered for absences due to religious observances, hazardous weather conditions, or due to verifiable medical reasons. In the event of hazardous driving conditions due to inclement weather when the college remains open, students should make their own determination whether to attempt to travel to class based on safety considerations. Where appropriate, faculty will allow students who miss class under these conditions an opportunity to make up work missed. Excessive absences, however, may make it not appropriate to continue in the course. Students must be informed, in writing, at the beginning of each semester of the make-up examination policy for each course.
Students should be aware that non-attendance at classes will not result in automatic withdrawal from a course. Unless the student initiates a formal course withdrawal request through the Registrar's Office, non-attendance will result in an "F" grade.
Absences due to inclement weather
On days when the College remains open during inclement weather, students should make their own determination whether to attempt to travel to class based on the safety of road conditions in their own locale. Students will not be penalized for missing class under this circumstance, although students are responsible for the work missed and are expected to make it up in a reasonable time.
Weather conditions may, at times, necessitate the early closure of the campus or a delay in the start of classes. Announcement of class delays or cancellations will be made by 6:30 a.m. for day classes and 4:00 p.m. for evening classes (those that begin after 4:30 p.m.). Students should listen to local radio during inclement weather - cancellation notice will be given over radio stations in Beacon, Brewster, Highland, Kingston, Millerton, Newburgh, Peekskill, Poughkeepsie, and Sharon CT. It is not necessary to call the college - notification will be given several times each hour on local radio. Normally, weather-related class cancellations on the main campus also apply to off-campus sites. Cancellation of day classes does not automatically extend to evening programs.
Absences due to religious beliefs
Any student at the College who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days will be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements. College faculty will provide an equivalent opportunity for the student to make up any work that he or she may have missed because of such absence. (Section 224, New York State Education Law)