SWGTC Student Attendance
Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) believes that attendance is a vital part of any course. Excessive absences can severely impact the ability for the student to acquire the information needed to be successful. SWGTC also recognizes that the impact of attendance varies from program to program and course to course. To facilitate instructional environments appropriate to each program and course, SWGTC allows the Attendance Statement to be customized to the needs of each course, under the guidance of the Lead Instructor for each program discipline. Lead Instructors have the authority to develop specific attendance requirements for courses within their program discipline and require instructors within their program discipline to adhere to those requirements. The Attendance Statement is required to be included in the course syllabus.
The Attendance Statement may contain additional information appropriate to the course, including but not limited to: If the student will be automatically withdrawn for failing to attend a specific percentage of the course, and if the student’s grade will be adversely affected if they fail to attend the class a certain amount of time.
Any student who fails to attend a course for fourteen (14) consecutive calendar days or violates the respective course Attendance Statement (whichever occurs first), will be Administratively Withdrawn from a course by the course instructor. When calculating consecutive calendar days, calculations should include all weekdays and weekends, regardless if a class session occurred during that day or not. This information will be included in the course Attendance Statement. Students wishing to appeal an Administrative Withdrawal due to attendance should see the Dean responsible for overseeing the primary instructor of the course from which the student was withdrawn.
Any student who registers for a course, must either complete the course requirements or officially withdraw. To withdraw from one or more courses, the student must complete the Online Withdrawal Form. A student should not assume that non-attendance constitutes an official withdrawal.
This policy applies to all students regardless of delivery method.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs has the overall responsibility for ensuring this policy is implemented.
Revised: 02-01-2005; 05-05-2009; 10-06-2009; 11-02-10; 11-06-12; 06-04-13