Attendance Policies

Please note: The attendance and withdrawal policies listed in this section do not apply to noncredit and not-for-credit classes at Santa Monica College.

Attendance & Instructor Request to Drop a Student

A student enrolled in any class at SMC who does not attend ALL of the sessions for that class that meet during the FIRST WEEK of the class RISKS BEING DROPPED from the class by the instructor, or may receive an F (0.0) for nonattendance.

A student may also be dropped from a class when, in the instructor’s judgment, the student’s number of absences has become excessive or the student is no longer participating in the course. Such judgment is to be based exclusively on the student’s prospect for successfully completing the course. Faculty will determine the consequences of absences and late arrivals.

A student who drops a class between the refund deadline and the 75% mark of the class (listed as the deadline for a Guaranteed “W” on the class schedule at the student’s Corsair Connect account) will receive a grade of W (Withdrawal), and units for the class will be included in the student’s enrolled units.

Instructors will assign students who have not officially withdrawn from a class by the deadline a grade of A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), FW (Fail for Lack of Participation; 0.0), F (0.0), or—if they are enrolled in courses offered on a pass/no pass basis or have petitioned to take a course on a pass/no pass basis—a grade of P (Pass) or NP (No Pass).

Go to www.smc.edu, click on the “Corsair Connect” link, then click on the class schedule for details.

Attendance & Student Request to Withdraw from Classes

A student enrolled in any SMC class MUST ATTEND ALL of the sessions of that class that meet DURING THE FIRST WEEK of the class or RISK BEING DROPPED from the class by the instructor, or receiving an FW (0.0) for nonattendance. A student may be dropped from a class when, in the instructor’s judgment, the student’s number of absences has become excessive or the student is no longer participating in the course. Since attendance is essential for normal progress in a class, a student is expected to be in class regularly and on time. Faculty will determine the consequences of absences and late arrivals.

The last official day to drop will be at the 75th percentile of the term. Students should review their Corsair Connect account for their specific dates and deadlines. All students who have NOT withdrawn by this deadline will receive a grade of A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), FW (0.0), F (0.0), or—if they are enrolled in courses offered on a pass/no pass basis or have petitioned to take a course on a pass/no pass basis—a grade of P (Pass) or NP (No Pass). Specific drop dates are noted next to each enrolled class listed in the student’s Corsair Connect account.

A student may petition for late withdrawal after the 75th percentile of the semester or session if in the instructor’s judgment there are extenuating circumstances, such as verified cases of an accident, illness, military obligation, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. The student must file a Petition for Late Withdrawal in the Admissions Office, and obtain the approval of the faculty members involved and the Dean of Enrollment Services. Students who have completed the course including taking the final or submitting final projects are NOT eligible for a late withdrawal. In those cases the student should meet with the instructor if they wish to contest their grade, as a Withdrawal is no longer an option.

For specific information about these dates and deadlines, please go to www.smc.edu, click on the “Corsair Connect” link, and click on the class schedule.

Requests for Retroactive Withdrawal: Retroactive withdrawals from classes are normally not permitted. However, these may be granted under certain limited circumstances. To be eligible for a retroactive withdrawal, the student must have extenuating, documented, and verifiable circumstances to justify withdrawal from a class—and to justify requesting such a withdrawal retroactively—in order for a retroactive withdrawal request to be considered. A retroactive withdrawal cannot be used as a way to remedy poor academic performance in a class. Students must file a petition for retroactive withdrawal in the Admissions Office no more than 90 calendar days after the end of the term in which they were enrolled in the course.

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