Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as being equivalent to two weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester and may result in failure or being dropped from the course. The attendance policy for certain programs may be more stringent than the general policy due to clinical requirements or requirements of approving agencies. Faculty will discuss the course attendance policy at the beginning of each semester; however, students are responsible for reviewing the course syllabus and outline of each class and knowing the attendance requirements for the course. Students not attending classes will be dropped. A student’s request for an excused absence shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the instructor of each class. Students should refer to the Navarro College Student Handbook for additional information.
All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received. Excused absences for an individual called to active military service should take into consideration retention of coursework completed during the portion of the course prior to the student being called to active military service and within a reasonable time after the absence for the completion of the assignments and examinations. Reasonable time is defined by the Texas Administrative Code as no more than 25% of the total contact hour timeframe (excluding the final examination period) for the excused absence for active military service.
A student who is absent from class for the observance of a religious holy day shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the absence. However the student must notify the instructor of each class scheduled on the date that the student would be absent for a religious holy day. A “religious holy day” means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20, Tax Code.
Any student who wishes to dispute a decision concerning his/her absence should follow the Student/Instructor Conflict Resolution procedures in a timely fashion and as described in the current Navarro College Student Handbook.