Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege. Absences disrupt a student’s orderly progress in a course and significantly diminish the quality of group discusion in class. There is also a high correlation between the number of absences and the final grade. Although an occasional absence may be unavoidable, it in no way excuses a student from meeting the requirements of the course. Participation in a College-sponsored activity is not regarded as an absence. All students are still responsible for preparing all assignments for the next class and for completing work missed. Excused absences are subject to verification and may include, but may not be limited to the following: active military duty, jury duty, and other as approved by the Dean of Student Services. Specific attendance requirements will be indicated in all course syllabi.