What is GCC's Attendance & Participation Policy

All distance education courses currently follow the GCC Attendance and Drop Policy 

GCC’s Policy Guidelines

  • Students are expected to attend all class meetings. There are no authorized absences from class and irregular attendance may result in exclusion from classes.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to register properly for classes. A student who fails to enroll officially in a class will not be given credit for that class.
  • Students also have the responsibility of officially withdrawing from college or dropping from class when they stop attending, and of observing established deadlines. Otherwise, “F’’ grades may be assigned.
  • It is the responsibility of each student to know the attendance and absence policy of each class in which he or she is enrolled. It is the responsibility of each instructor to inform his or her class of the attendance and absence policies at the beginning of each semester.

Students shall be dropped from class for failure to attend the first class meeting during the first week of instruction if they have not made prior arrangements with the instructor.

Students also may be dropped for continuous or cumulative absences for the number of hours a sixteen-week class is scheduled to meet in a two-week period.

What this means for distance education

Students in distance education courses are required to ‘attend’ class and participate just as if they were in a face-to-face course. This means that instructors set up guidelines for how much each lecture, reading assignment, discussion or project qualifies as a meeting during the course of a week/learning unit/course module.

Students who do not participate in class, that is, who consistently do not complete assignments, quizzes, respond to forums or turn in other work, should be notified that they may be dropped from the class for non-participation.

It is important that online and hybrid instructors should be very clear in their syllabus about what constitutes participation and late work.