Despite Columbia College is not an attendance-taking institution, regular attendance and punctuality are essential for the successful completion of the course. To pass relevant coursework with a successful grade, students are recommended to maintain satisfactory attendance (80%). In each coursework, the student attendance is counted as participation for a course grade. Cosmetology program, whose attendance hour is regulated by Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), has 100% attendance policy for its required 1,500 clock hours.
Students are expected to attend every class. Positive attendance accounting will be maintained by each instructor. An absence more than half of class will be counted as an absence for the entire day. Serious illness, hospitalization, and other such emergencies may be taken into account if notified an explained prior to class and/or proper documentation.
Every student is expected to attend class on timely manner. It is also expected that the student will make every effort not to let personal circumstances preclude class attendance. Doctor’s notes are needed in case of hospitalization or medical treatment. It is students’ responsibility to contact the instructor concerning make-up of absences. Lower attendance may result in course failure and academic probation (official warning) and three (3) probation will result in the termination of student status from the Columbia College.
Tardy/early leave mean arriving late or leaving the class early. Tardiness/early leave is defined as arriving late and leaving the class early 30 minutes or more. Students must be in class or lab throughout the day unless assigned elsewhere by instructor. Three (3) tardy/early leave are counted as one (1) absence and counted to attendance rate.
The student’s attendance records as well as grade reports are submitted to academic department and examined by the staff every ten (10) weeks.