Colorado Springs Campus Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. If a student has a compelling reason to be absent from a class, he or she must discuss that absence in advance with the instructor. Students are responsible for any work they miss because of an absence. Faculty members will keep accurate records of student attendance and report attendance to the Registrar’s Office at the end of each class.

Students may not miss the first class session in a course unless they have prior written permission from the instructor teaching the course. Students are responsible for arranging to obtain class materials and assignments for the class time they miss. Students may not attend classes for which they are not officially enrolled. If students who are not listed on the class roster attend a class, the instructor will refer them to the University Registrar or designee for proper enrollment. Whether or not to allow the student to remain in the class for that session is left to the discretion of the course instructor.

Evening Courses

Students enrolled in evening courses are allowed a maximum of two absences from a 3 credit course. Students who fail to attend a third evening will be administratively dropped from the course. Students enrolled in evening courses worth credits other than 3 semester credits will be administratively dropped from the course if they miss 1/3 of the scheduled class time.

Weekend Courses

Students enrolled in weekend courses are allowed a one-day absence per 3 credit course. Students who fail to attend a second day of the course will be administratively dropped from the course. Students enrolled in a weekend course worth credits other than 3 semester credits will be administratively dropped from the course if they miss 1/3 of the scheduled class time.

Weekend Intensive Courses

Students enrolled in weekend intensive courses are required to attend all class sessions. Students who fail to attend a class session will be administratively dropped from the course.

Additional absences may be approved by the Dean of the School for the following reasons:

  • Military deployment or duty;
  • Personal or family emergency;
  • Work requirement;
  • Act of nature (including severe weather conditions);
  • Death in the family; and
  • Other exigent circumstances as approved by the Dean.

Students who do not attend any classes for two consecutive weeks will be administratively withdrawn from their program by the Registrar’s Office.

Other Attendance Requirements

Practicum
Students enrolled in Mental Healthcare Practitioner Specializations are expected to attend two supervision sessions per week, one group and one individual. Attendance is reported to the Director of Clinical Training on a weekly basis.

Dissertation
Within the first two weeks of each term that a Colorado Springs student is enrolled in Dissertation or Dissertation Extension, students must contact their Chair and communicate their plan for progressing on their dissertation during that term. To help facilitate this contact, students will receive an email from their Chair asking for their plan for the term. Student contact with their dissertation Chair may take the form of email communication, phone or meeting in person when possible.

If students do not make contact with their Chair by the conclusion of the second week of the term, students may be subject to administrative drop from the Dissertation or Dissertation Extension course. At the beginning of week 7, students will receive another email from their Chair asking for an update on progress toward the plan outlined at the beginning of the term. Student contact with their dissertation Chair may take the form of email communication, phone or meeting in person when possible.

If students do not make contact with their Chair by the conclusion of the term following the week 7 prompt, students may be subject to administrative drop from the Dissertation or Dissertation Extension course, earning a “W’ (withdraw) for the term.

Dissertation Planning I and Dissertation Planning II will be held as either evening or weekend classes. Students enrolled in these courses will be held to the attendance requirements defined for those class formats.

Pre-Doctoral Internship
Students are expected to attend Internship as an employee of the Internship site. The Director of Clinical Training will communicate once per term with internship supervisors asking for verification of continued employment of the student at their site. Should the Director of Clinical Training be informed that a student has ceased attending an Internship, the student may be subject to administrative drop from the Internship course, earning a “W’ (withdraw) for the term.

Inclement Weather/School Closures
In the event of a school closure, class session(s) will be made up within one week. The instructor will work with students and will notify the Registrar’s Office of the date and time of the rescheduled class session.

Students should refer to the following Course Drop policies for grade implications when not meeting attendance requirements.

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