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- Regular Programs: Maximum 15 days absent or 90 hours
- Truck Driving: Maximum 4 days absent or 24 hours
- Practical Nursing: Maximum 8 days absent or 52 hours
- Surgical Technology: Maximum 8 days absent or 48
- Adults in High School Programs: Maximum 12 days absent
All postsecondary students exceeding the maximum number of allowable absences will be dismissed from their respective programs. For programs in which the maximum allowable days (hours) absent are fifteen (15), students will receive a warning letter upon the accumulation of five (5) absences and again at ten (10) days absent. These letters will serve as reminders of the attendance policy and the possibility of being dismissed. Students exceeding fifteen (15) days absent have the right to appear before the Attendance Review Committee to request permission to remain in the program. Days missed as a result of court hearings, doctor’s appointments, hospitalization, bereavement due to the death of a family member, or student incarceration are all counted as absences toward the fifteen (15) day maximum.
A comparable procedure of attendance notification is established for other Adult Preparatory programs in which the maximum number of allowable absences is not fifteen (15) days. This policy includes the following programs: Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, Truck Driving, and Postsecondary Students enrolled in high school programs.
Practical Nursing Attendance
The Practical Nursing program is unique in that 50 percent of the training occurs off the James Rumsey campus in various clinical facilities. Since these clinical experiences occur over a brief period of time and may only occur once during the program, it is difficult for the student to complete the required clinical training when absent. Therefore, the student can be absent no more than eight (8) days. Upon the accumulation of three (3) absences and again at five (5), students will receive a warning letter reminding them of the attendance policy for their program and the possibility of being dismissed. Any student exceeding eight (8) absences will be dismissed. Students exceeding eight (8) days absent have the right to appear before the Attendance Review Committee only if questioning the documented absences.
Attendance Policy for Adult Students Enrolled in High School Programs
Adults in high school programs are allowed 12 absences. Letters will be sent at four (4) and eight (8) absences, with dismissal from the program after exceeding 12 days. These students will also have the right to appear before the Attendance Review Committee to request permission to remain in the program. Students who are subpoenaed, serve in a required military training program, or who serve on jury duty will not be counted absent if written verification is provided.