Attendance Policy

It is the responsibility of the student to attend all scheduled classes in each of the courses that he/she is enrolled.  A student is considered in attendance until he/she withdraws or is absent more than 10% of the total hours that a course usually meets in a semester.  When a student is absent more than 10% of the class time, the student may be administratively withdrawn from class and is subject to a failing grade.  Exceptions to this policy can be made only by the appropriate Associate Vice President.

See College Procedure for Attendance and Withdrawal from Course(s).

Attendance Policy For Internet Students

To provide you the benefits of a focused, disciplined learning experience, online courses are structured within the framework of a 16-week semester, 8-week semester or 10-week summer session.  Although some courses may require that you come to campus or arrange a proctor for supervised tests and/or labs, there will be no regularly scheduled campus class attendance requirements.  While there is more flexibility than in on-campus instruction, online courses do require regular participation; for example, observing assignment due dates, regularly logging in, and responding to your teacher's and classmates' correspondence, including discussion board postings.  Unless instructed otherwise by your teacher, you are required to login to the course every 48 hours.  If you fail to maintain regular participation, you will be withdrawn from the course with a "WF."  In order to withdraw from any course with a "W," you must withdraw prior to or on the academic withdrawal deadline, which is published in the college calendar. The withdrawal policy in the FDTC Catalog will be observed. Students no longer need to contact their instructor to withdraw. Each student now have the privilege of withdrawing themselves online thru web advisor: Otherwise students must come in to the Office of the Registrar to complete the necessary paperwork to withdraw.

Attendance Policy For Veterans

This attendance policy is required for institutions offering courses for veterans or other eligible persons enrolled in non-college degree (NCD) programs approved under Title 38, United States Code, 3676.

This policy is established to set minimum standards of attendance for student(s) enrolled in non-college degree programs receiving veteran education benefits.  Wherever the word "veteran" is used, it is intended to include all persons receiving veteran education benefits.

Veterans enrolled in non-degree programs will be interrupted for unsatisfactory attendance when accumulated absences, tardies, and class cuts exceed ten (10) percent of class contact hours. *  The interruption will be reported to the Veterans Administration within 30 days of the last date of attendance (use VA Form 22-1999b).

A veteran may be re-enrolled for benefits at the beginning of the term following interruption because of unsatisfactory attendance only when the cause of unsatisfactory attendance has been removed.

Students interrupted a second time for unsatisfactory attendance will not be allowed to re-enroll for benefits in the absence of mitigating circumstances.

Mitigating Circumstances:  Mitigating circumstances are those which directly hinder pursuit of a course and which are judged to be beyond the student's control.  The following are some general categories of mitigating circumstances.  This list is not all-inclusive.

  1. Serious illness of the veteran.
  2. Serious illness or death in the veteran's immediate family.
  3. Emergency financial obligations or change of place of employment or work schedule which preclude pursuit of the course.
  4. Active duty military service, including active duty for training.

For institutions that have a published "Leave of Absence" Policy: Student(s) receiving VA education benefits will have their benefits discontinued while on an "official leave of absence."

* NOTE:  If the institution's existing policy is more restrictive, that policy will be used.