Student Handbook

6. Academic Support

6.2. Attendance and Responsibility of Learning

Attendance​ ​and​ ​Responsibility​ ​of​ ​Learning 

Bacone​ ​College​ ​expects​ ​students​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​class​ ​on​ ​a​ ​regular​ ​basis​ ​and​ ​attendance​ ​is​ ​monitored. Students​ ​who​ ​are​ ​absent​ ​from​ ​class,​ ​regardless​ ​of​ ​cause,​ ​have​ ​the​ ​responsibility​ ​of communicating​ ​with​ ​the​ ​instructor​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​missed​ ​work.​ ​The​ ​instructor​ ​will​ ​determine​ ​whether the​ ​student​ ​will​ ​be​ ​permitted​ ​to​ ​make​ ​up​ ​work​ ​and​ ​will​ ​decide​ ​the​ ​time​ ​and​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​makeup. Students​ ​who​ ​do​ ​not​ ​appear​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​prearranged​ ​for​ ​the​ ​make-up​ ​forfeit​ ​any​ ​right​ ​to​ ​make up​ ​work.​ ​Students​ ​should​ ​be​ ​aware​ ​that​ ​absenteeism​ ​may​ ​affect​ ​not​ ​only​ ​academic​ ​progress,​ ​but also​ ​scholarship​ ​eligibility​ ​and​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​extracurricular​ ​activities. 

Faculty​ ​members​ ​have​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​remove​ ​students​ ​from​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​should​ ​students​ ​exhibit disruptive​ ​behavior​ ​and/or​ ​cause​ ​excessive​ ​noise​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom.​ ​Subsequent​ ​disruptive behavior​ ​by​ ​students​ ​may​ ​result​ ​in​ ​removal​ ​from​ ​the​ ​class​ ​by​ ​the​ ​instructor.​ ​The​ ​“AW”​ ​process may​ ​also​ ​be​ ​invoked​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Administration​ ​as​ ​a​ ​result​ ​of​ ​a​ ​student​ ​being​ ​in​ ​financial​ ​arrears.​ ​A student​ ​who​ ​wishes​ ​to​ ​appeal​ ​their​ ​instructor’s​ ​dismissal​ ​decision​ ​must​ ​follow​ ​the​ ​academic appeals​ ​process. 

While​ ​grades​ ​of​ ​AW​ ​are​ ​not​ ​used​ ​in​ ​computing​ ​students’​ ​grade​ ​point​ ​average,​ ​students​ ​should​ ​be aware​ ​that​ ​dropping​ ​hours​ ​will​ ​not​ ​only​ ​affect​ ​their​ ​progress​ ​toward​ ​graduation​ ​but​ ​may​ ​also affect​ ​their​ ​eligibility​ ​for​ ​financial​ ​aid​ ​and​ ​in​ ​extreme​ ​cases​ ​cause​ ​them​ ​to​ ​be​ ​evicted​ ​from​ ​the residence​ ​halls. 

 Attendance Policy and Intervention Policy 

Approved by Faculty June 10, 2020 

Approved by Executive Team June 15, 2020 

The following policy and intervention practices were approved by the Executive Team on Monday, June 15, 2020.  This policy will be in force for the fall semester FA-2020, with classes beginning Wednesday, August 12, 2020.   A statement for syllabi will be provided in our Faculty Assembly Meeting, Wednesday, June 17, 2020.  That policy statement will be incorporated into all syllabi for fall. 

On Wednesday, June 1, Dr. Leroy Thompson appointed an ad hoc faculty committee to consider the problem of absences from classes.  The committee consisted of Dr. Stephen Wiley, Gerald Cournoyer and Linda Strange.   

The recommendations of the committee were presented to the Faculty Assembly on Wednesday, June 10, at a called Zoom session. It has also been reviewed by Kaila Harjo and Dr. Nicole Been attended the faculty assembly meeting to represent the interests of athletics.   The following with its changes and amendments was accepted by unanimous vote of the Faculty to present to the Executive Team for review and to be placed in the college catalog and class syllabi. 

Bacone College believes that class attendance is an important factor in student success.  Those who are in class consistently do better, learn more and earn better grades. 

With a goal to aid in learning, attendance, retention, and graduation, the following policy is recommended.  This policy is designed specifically for face-to-face 16-week 3-credit courses on main campus and does not apply to Pawnee Nation students. (Policies for 8 week courses to follow) 

Campus Attendance Policy 

1. All students will be advised of the campus absence policy at orientation and in first year seminar. All faculty members will include the policy in their syllabi

2. All communication with students will be by Bacone email only and students are required to use only that for class communication or Moodle.  Students will be trained in the use of Bacone email in classes, orientation, and other means for the first two weeks.  These instructions will be repeated constantly.

3. Student athletes who are departing for travel in the afternoon are required to attend morning classes.  Athletes will provide their instructors with their schedules as the season opens and notify their instructors of travel in advance.

4. Students who are absent due to illness will need to prove their illness with a doctor’s form

5. Instructors will have the discretion to award extra credit as appropriate to their syllabus

6. Attendance will be taken from the first day of class attendance.

Intervention Practices 

1. When a student has accumulated 2 unexcused absences, the Attendance Intervention Team will act: 

  1. The faculty member who is aware of the absences will email the Intervention Team which will consist of: the student’s faculty advisor, designated mentor, VP of Student Affairs, and the student’s coach (if an athlete) advising them of the absences. The following steps will be taken:

    1. The faculty advisor will have a personal conference with the student advising them of the impact on their academic performance within one week

    2. The VP of Student Affairs will have a conference with the student, advising them of the possible impact on their Bacone scholarship and financial aid within one week (when and if applicable)

    3. If an athlete, the Coach will be notified and will handle the absences according to the athletic agreement signed by all athletes 

    4. The designated mentor will meet with the student to offer tutoring and other services

    5. Each of these will send an email to the other members of the Intervention Team as they conduct their interviews with the student.

  1. Upon the 4th Unexcused Absence, the instructor may advise the student that their grade will be reduced one letter grade due to excessive unexcused attendance.

  2. Upon the 6th Unexcused Absence, the instructor may advise the student they are being withdrawn from the class and the instructor will ask the VPAA to have the student Administratively Withdrawn (showing a grade of “AW” in the student record).

  3. Faculty will be accorded the right to exercise discretion based on knowledge of the student.

  4. Students have an opportunity for appeal of grades or absences. Appeals of grades are made to the Division Chair in accordance with policies in the college catalog. Appeals of absences are made in writing to the VPAA in accordance with policies in the college catalog.