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Class Attendance & Participation

 View revised attendance policies and practices (effective March 10, 2020)

PCC recognizes that attending college, whether you are a new or continuing student, can be both exciting and challenging. However, your regular attendance and active participation contribute not only to your academic success and standing but may have a significant impact on your ability to receive Federal Financial Aid, Veterans Education Benefits or maintain your immigration status as an International Student.  

Tracking Attendance and/or Participation in Credit Classes

The College takes attendance and notifies students if their attendance record might jeopardize their success, aid/benefits or status. 

The College is required to make adjustments in Veteran’s Benefits and Federal Financial Aid when a student drops a class and/or when a student no longer attends or actively participates.  

Similarly, the College has to report a change in enrollment status for International Students who stop attending, actively participating in class and/or making academic progress.  

These adjustments may result in students owing funds to the College, the Department of Education, and/or the Veterans Administration, or having your immigration status terminated for continuing your studies.

What you need to know

  • Prior to the drop deadline, you must attend and/or actively participate in your class(es). The drop date can be found in your course syllabus. If you do not attend and/or actively participate by the drop deadline, your instructor will issue an NA, Never Attended, on her or his roster and your registration will be dropped for that class. A refund will be issued for the course, and your enrollment status may change(i.e., moving from a full-time to a part-time student).
  • After the drop deadline, if you are registered but not attending and/or actively participating for ten days or more, your status will be changed to RNRegistered - Not Attending, for the class and you may be issued a withdrawal by the instructor. You will receive a notification from the College indicating that you are in an RN registration status.
  • Failure to complete courses for which you register, and/or receiving withdrawal or failing grades, will impact your academic standing with the College.

What to do if you received an email notice that you have not been in attendance for the past 10 calendar days

  • If you have been present and attending class, let your instructor know you received this message so they may make any changes and apprise you of your status.
  • If you have not been present in class during the last 10 days, please know that after 14 days of non-attendance, your registration status will be changed to "Registered but Not Attending." This means your instructor or the College may withdraw you from the class. Please check your course syllabus for additional information about course withdrawal policies. For more information about how withdrawals will impact your academic standing at the College, please visit our Academic Standing page.
  • Please note: You may receive an email even if you informed your instructor that you would be absent or if there was a recent school holiday as our attendance records only reflect actual attendance in class or online academic participation. If that applies to you and you DO intend to resume attendance at your next class meeting, then no further action by you is required. Simply attend your next class meeting date.
  • If you have not been present during the last 10 days, but you intend to continue in the course, please contact your instructor immediately to discuss your attendance. You should also return to class and resume participating right away.
  • If you do not intend to return to class, contact any campus Student Services Center in person or Virtual Advising to withdraw from the course. Be aware that a registration status change may impact your financial aid or veterans benefits funding.

What to do if you received an email notice that you have not been in attendance for the past 14 calendar days

  • If you have been present in your class (in-person or virtually) during the past 14 days, or participating in an academically-related activity as defined in your class syllabus but you still received an email notification, let your instructor know right away. That way, they can make sure your attendance is updated to return your enrollment status to “present”.
  • If you have not been present in class during the last 14 days, you should have received an email notification to inform you that your registration status has changed to "Registered but Not Attending." This means you may be withdrawn or receive a failing grade for the course. Please check your course syllabus for additional information about course withdrawal policies. For more information about how withdrawals will impact your academic standing at the College, please visit our Academic Standing page.
  • Please note: You may receive an email even if you informed your instructor that you would be absent or if there was a recent school holiday as our attendance records only reflect actual attendance in class or online academic participation. If that applies to you and you DO intend to resume attendance at your next class meeting, then no further action by you is required. Simply attend your next class meeting date.
  • If you have not been present during the last 14 days, but you intend to continue in the course, contact your instructor immediately to discuss your attendance and to develop a plan for returning to class, resuming coursework, and continuing with the course throughout the remainder of the term.
  • If you do not intend to return to class, you may contact any campus Student Services Center in person or Virtual Advising to officially withdraw from the course. If you take no action, you will continue as "Registered but Not Attending" until you are withdrawn or receive a failing grade for the course. Be aware that a registration status change may impact your financial aid or veterans benefits funding.
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