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Thursday Update: EFSC's Palm Bay Campus is open today, with all classes and exams taking place as scheduled. A power outage canceled late afternoon and evening classes and final exams at Palm Bay on Wednesday. Students should check with their instructors for any impact on Wednesday's Final Exam schedules. Updates will be posted here and on social media as needed.

EFSC Course Attendance Policies

The College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both student retention and achievement. Any class session or activity missed, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity for learning and may adversely affect a student’s achievement in the course. Class attendance is required beginning with the first class meeting, and students are expected to attend all class sessions for which they are registered. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange to make up all course work missed because of legitimate class absences and to notify the instructor when an absence will occur. The instructor determines the effect of absences on grades. Students who are reported as never attending a course may be withdrawn from the class by the College. Funds may be adjusted or rescinded for students who are receiving financial aid or veterans’ benefits.

In order to obtain credit for a course a student must attend at least 85% of the contact hours for a particular course. However, instructors are given the option of allowing a student to complete the course based on the student’s documented circumstances and his or her progress in the course.

In online courses, instructors define expected interaction between themselves, students and the class learning management system (and/or media). Inconsistent interaction and/or inconsistent use of the learning management system or course materials, regardless of cause, reduce the opportunity for learning.

The instructor may withdraw any student from the course if the student misses more than 15% of the scheduled class sessions and activities.  In the case of online courses, any student who is not interactive or responsive in a timely manner, as specified by the instructor, may be withdrawn. Students must be enrolled before they can attend class.

Note: Veterans should refer to the college catalog for more information about attendance.

Instructor-Specific Attendance Policy

Instructors are required to monitor their attendance and report students who are not attending class during designated reporting periods, normally on a monthly basis, each term. Faculty members shall publish and distribute a class syllabus no later than the end of the second week of class in a given academic term. The syllabus should include the instructor’s attendance policy and may include special circumstances under which students’ absences may be excused and stipulations for making up work and exams missed during instructor-excused absences. Instructors may require a more rigorous attendance policy due to program requirements or state mandates of 100% attendance. Specific course requirements will be noted in their syllabuses.

eLearning Course Attendance Policy

Log into your class on the first day of the term and perform an academic activity during the first three days. Online/eLearning students who do not participate in their classes weekly may be withdrawn for non-attendance and may not be reinstated.

Religious Observances

When the observance of a student's religious holiday(s) interferes with attendance in class, class work assignments, examinations, or class activities, the student must notify the instructor in writing within the first week of class. Students are held responsible for material covered during their absence. The instructor should provide alternative arrangements for students to complete the work for the missed session. Students excused for religious observances will be expected to meet the class requirements for those days without undue delay. Students who believe they have been unreasonably denied educational benefits due to their religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student appeal procedure. [FS 1001.64, 1002.21, 1006.53]