Attendance and Excused Absence Policy


Students are expected to attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered. Thereafter, regular attendance at classes is expected. Attendance regulations for specific courses are determined by the instructor for that course. While instructors have the authority to drop a student from a class if the student does not attend on the first day, students cannot assume that this will happen and are responsible for following the appropriate steps to withdraw from a course they do not attend. Non-attendance or minimal attendance of a class does not justify a tuition refund for the course if the instructor does not drop the student from a course and the student does not withdraw using Murphy online or the Add/drop form.

Excused Absence

Students have the responsibility to attend their classes and complete their coursework. If a student wishes to be excused from the equivalent of one full week of class or less per semester due to illness, a family or parenting-related emergency, or a St. Thomas-sponsored event, it is the responsibility of that student to inform his or her instructor(s) of the absence as soon as possible.

In the case of numerous and excessive absences (total absences amounting to the equivalent of more than one full week of class per semester), students must inform their instructor(s) of the situation responsible for the absences as soon as possible and comply with verification requests/requirements that the instructor(s) may have. Instructors should use their own discretion to determine whether the absences warrant a grade penalty, an incomplete status, a recommendation of withdrawal from the course, or the completion of coursework missed (or an appropriate equivalent) without grade penalty for late submission. The student and instructor may consult with staff members in Academic Counseling to discuss the student’s enrollment options.