First-week attendance now mandatory

Starting summer quarter, a new attendance policy goes into effect at Centralia College. The policy will require registered students to attend class or receive prior approval for their absence from their instructor the first week of class.

Students who do not attend class the first week, or who fail to secure prior approval for their absence from their instructor the first week, will be dropped from the class.

The new attendance policy allows the college to prove students commenced attendance, a federal requirement, and ensures classes are full and seats aren’t held for students who aren’t attending.

“Our most popular classes are frequently full with students waiting for open seats, but, until now, we didn’t require that students who didn’t attend get dropped to make room for waiting students,” explained Robert Cox, vice president of student services. “This attendance policy is a big shift for us, but we know it will help students get the classes they need in a timely way and will assist us in being in compliance with federal law.”

The new policy is being communicated to students by mail and email, and information will be available in the summer class schedule.

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