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Absence Policy

Absence from Class

The policy on absences assumes student maturity and responsibility for their own behavior, but also assumes that students will communicate their intentions and circumstances to their instructor. Unexcused absences are considered “cuts.”

A student who “cuts” the first class meeting, or any two or more class meetings, may be removed from the course if the instructor so requests. Depending upon when the instructor made the request, the student is either dropped from a course, given a grade of “W,” or a grade of “F”. Requests received during the Add/Drop period will result in a class drop; receipt during the Course Withdrawal Period will result in the posting of a final grade of “W” to the student’s record, and receipt after the Withdrawal deadline will result in a final grade of “F”. Due to the nature of one-credit course schedules, any absences may result in a student being removed from the course by the instructor. The student is either dropped from a course, given a grade of “W,” or a grade of “F,” depending upon when the instructor made the request.

International students must attend classes full-time to maintain F-1 Visa status. Please see the Office of International Students Services if there is a medical or academic need for a reduced credit load.

Students are cautioned that the instructor may or may not choose to request removal for unexcused absence(s). It is a student’s responsibility to monitor their registration, hence it is essential that a student act immediately on their decision to leave a course by dropping it from their registration. Prompt action will also ensure that a drop does not become a withdrawal (“W”) or an “F”.

It is ultimately the instructor's decision to determine the consequences of excessive absences (up to and including failure of the course), even if absences are excused or due to unforeseen circumstances. Additionally, the student will not be excused from tests, in-class assignments, or homework assignments as a result of any absence.

Absence for Religious Holy Days

RISD respects the religious beliefs of all members of the community, affirms their rights to observe significant religious holy days, and will make reasonable accommodations, upon request, for such observances. If one’s religious observance is in conflict with a class then the student should inform the instructor(s) of the class. If it is an academic experience or other school function but not a scheduled class, then the student should inform the person in charge. It is the student’s responsibility to make the necessary arrangements mutually agreed upon with the instructor(s).