2020-2021 Catalog


Faculty will report any student who has not attended a physical class or participated in an online course by the 7th instructional day of the academic term. A student who does not meet the academically related activity standards during the designated no-show period will be Administratively Withdrawn from the course and reported as a No Show. Any student who is not submitted as a no show or if a student does not self-withdraw by the withdrawal deadline for the term will receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. All F grades will have a last date of attendance recorded and must be supported with an academically related activity.

For purposes of federal, Title IV, student financial assistance, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to be able to demonstrate that federal aid recipients established eligibility for federal aid by participating in academic related activities for all enrolled course work.

Academically related activities include, but are not limited to:

  • physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students,
  • submitting an academic assignment,
  • taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction,
  • attending a study group that is assigned by the school,
  • participating in an online discussion about academic matters, and
  • initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Academically related activities do NOT include activities where a student may be present, but not academically engaged, such as:

  • participating in student life activities,
  • logging into an online class without active participation, or
  • participating in academic counseling or advising.

In a distance education environment, a student accessing their online class does not constitute as an academically related activity. A school must demonstrate that a student participated in class or was otherwise engaged in an academically related activity.