A student must register for a course before attending, and will not receive credit unless registered.

Students must attend the first day of class in order to secure their place in the course. The instructor has the option to drop a student from the class roster if the student was not in attendance on the first day of the session. Students must not assume they have been dropped if they did not attend the first day of class. To officially withdraw from the class, the student must file a Change in Registration form with the Office of the University Registrar or drop the course using the Murphy On-line Web registration system.

Each student is required to meet with his/her faculty mentor to begin the registration process each semester. There are two concurrent registration periods – summer sessions and fall semester in April; January term and spring semester in November. Each student will work with his/her faculty mentor to register for classes.

Adding Courses/Dropping Courses

A student must consult with his/her faculty mentor and associate dean of academics to add and/or drop a course because it impacts financial aid and progress toward degree completion.

New Student Scheduling

New Students will be assigned a faculty mentor and receive their class schedule during their mandatory Summer Enrichment Program.


Students are expected to attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered. Thereafter, regular attendance at classes is expected and required. Instructors will take attendance in all classes. 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 two class sessions per semester due to illness, a family or parenting-related emergency, 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 three class sessions per semester), students must meet with their instructors and faculty mentors to inform them of the situation responsible for the absences as soon as possible and comply with verification requests/requirements that the instructors and faculty mentors 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.

If the student misses four class sessions. The student will need to meet with the instructors, faculty mentors, and the associate dean of academics to create an action plan to address the excessive absences.


Dougherty Family College students should immediately consult with their faculty mentors and associate dean of academics when thinking about withdrawing from all classes. Students may withdraw from the university (that is, withdraw from all classes) at any time by contacting the Academic Counseling & Support Office, but should use the Murphy Online process or paper Drop/Add form to withdraw their class registrations as soon as they decide to take that action. The standard withdrawal calendar as defined in the Changes in Registration section determines how the withdrawal will be recorded on the transcript. Students who withdraw from all classes must return any items that belong to the university (e.g., laptop computer and accessories, metro pass, etc.). Tuition refunds, if any, are established by the tuition refund schedule posted in the section on conditions determining tuition refunds.