Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I still be able to withdraw students as I did under the old attendance policy?
A: No. You can no longer withdraw students for any reason. If a student has violated an instructor’s attendance policy as stated in the course syllabus, the student will be withdrawn automatically when the instructor indicates the student is not actively participating in the class at the 60 percent point of the term.
Q: Can I still record attendance in ANGEL?
A: Yes. ANGEL will continue to be supported and can be used to record attendance. However, attendance must be indicated in PeopleSoft for the first two weeks of class as well as active participation at the 60 percent point of the term.
Q: What do I do if students are violating my attendance policy? I used to be able to withdraw them, but now I can’t.
A: When you are asked to assess a student’s continued active participation in class at the 60 percent point of the term, indicate “No” and the student will be administratively withdrawn with a grade of “WF.”
Q: Will I be notified if a student is withdrawn from my class?
A: Yes. Whenever a withdrawal takes place, both the student and the instructor will receive SPC e-mail indicating the withdrawal and the reason for withdrawal.
Q: What happens if I indicate a student did not attend class at all during the first two weeks?
A: The student will be administratively withdrawn with a grade of “W.”
Q: What if a student was actively participating at the 60 percent point, but stops attending class entirely after that point? Can I give a grade of “WF” as I have in the past?
A: No. At the end of the term, you give the student the grade he/she has earned. If your policy is to fail a student who misses too many classes, a grade of “F” is appropriate.
Q: What do I do about veterans and dual-enrolled students who don’t attend class regularly?
A: Treat these students as you have in the past. Veterans, dual enrolled students, early admission students, early college and Collegiate High School students are indicated as such on your PeopleSoft and ANGEL attendance rosters. When those students don’t attend regularly, notify the appropriate college office (i.e. Financial Aid Services for veterans and the Dual Enrollment Office for dual enrolled students).
Q: What if a student has missed almost all classes right up to the 60 percent point in the term and then suddenly shows up again? Is the student now actively participating?
A: No. If students violate your stated attendance policy, you should not give them credit for active participation simply because they show up at the 60 percent point of the term.
Q: What is the proper procedure for inputting attendance in PeopleSoft when the second week of class does not meet due to a holiday?
A: If a class meets one time per week and one of those meetings falls on a day that the college is closed, i.e., Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, etc. attendance for the first two weeks should be based on the two remaining days that the class meets before the deadline for recording attendance. Attendance must still be recorded and approved by the Wednesday night (11:59:59pm) of the third week. For example, classes began on Monday, January 11, 2010 for the spring 2010 term. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday fell on Monday, January 18, 2010. For classes that meet on Monday only, faculty should use Monday, January 11 and Monday, January 25 for determining attendance for the first two weeks before recording and approving attendance by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 27.