IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Attendance Policy

Unless otherwise explicitly stated in the course syllabus, this attendance policy will apply to courses taught at IAIA.

Registration in a course obligates the student to be regular and punctual in class attendance.  Students in all courses are expected to attend classes regularly and to comply with class requirements to the satisfaction of the instructor.  Excessive absenteeism will result in the student being dropped from a course.

Instructor’s Responsibility: All instructors take attendance for all class sessions beginning with the very first scheduled class meeting.  Students who are absent must be reported in the Empower Attendance Tracking module.

Courses begin on the first day of class and attendance is mandatory.  If the student misses the first day of class they may be dropped from the course.  Students on wait-lists are encouraged to show up on the first day of class and if permitted to register by the Instructor, the “Change of Registration” form will be required and is to be signed by the instructor, student, and advisor.  The form is taken to the Registrar’s Office by the student to ensure enrollment in that course.

Absenteeism: Unless otherwise stated in the course syllabus, the following attendance policy will apply:

The following procedures will take place:

  • After two unexcused absences, a warning will be sent to the student indicating that one more absence may result in a withdrawal from the course.
  • After three absences, the student can be dropped from the course.  If the third absence occurs prior to the withdrawal date, the student will receive a “W” grade.  If after, the student will receive an “F” grade.

It is strongly recommended that students miss class only for bona fide instances of illness or real emergency.

Tardiness: Tardiness is also not permitted.  Three instances of tardiness–defined as five minutes late–is the same as one absence and will be treated as such.  A tardy of fifteen minutes or more is considered an absence.  After three consecutive or five non-consecutive tardy appearances, the instructor may withdraw the student.

Missed Work: If a student is absent for any reason, he or she is required to make up all missed work.  It is the student’s responsibility to check on all assignments with the instructor.

Pre-Arranged Absences: Students can request permission from their instructors to miss class sessions for appropriate reasons and will be considered “excused absences.  Suitable reasons include student’s documented illness, death in student’s immediate family, tribal ceremony, participation in Institute-approved activities.  Absences not considered excused include: pow-wows, vacations, work, absences before and after holiday periods or Spring Break, and similar activities.  Pre-arranged excused absences must be obtained beforehand using the appropriate form with signatures.  Please note that an instructor can deny a student’s request for a pre-arranged absence.

Lack of Preparation: The instructor may ask a student who is not prepared for class (having required books, materials and supplies), or who has not completed the readings or other assignments, to leave the class and go to the Library or to another room to work on the assignment and return to class when the work is completed.  The student’s subsequent absence from class will be counted as an absence or tardy.

Late Assignment Policy: Each academic department’s late assignment policy will be specified on the course syllabus.