Every semester I write the same old Tribune articles about submitting your attendance for the semester. Nothing changes except the date the information is due. The life of a Registrar can be very boring sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, chasing down attendance can be fun. I love seeing people in the Brighton Room who are literally hiding from me because their attendance is late. I wish my children could see how much power I have at the office! They know the truth, I am just really good at nagging.
But THIS TERM we have some “exciting” changes to the college’s attendance policy. The new rules are very easy to understand and explain to students. Here they are, pay attention please:
Students who never attend classes will be dropped for non-attendance.
Students who attend even one class meeting will remain enrolled and be graded.
(Students can still withdraw and get a W grade, or you will grade them at the end of the term)
That was just so much fun to write. Sixteen years of explaining financial audits, payment histories and determining if a student attended on or after census are OVER. Yay!
This is what our new policy means for you when you enter your attendance in Banner:
(1) Enter 1 in the ‘Attend Hours’ column if the student attended class.
Student will remain enrolled.
Financial aid will be released.
(2) Enter 0 in the ‘Attend Hours’ column if the student never attended class.
Student will be dropped.
Financial aid will not be released.
(3) Save your work. Go back to the screen and check your work after hitting the save key.
Another change that you will notice is you will now be prompted to enter a ‘Last Attend Date’ when you issue an F or W grade in Banner. You must enter a date within the start and end date of your course. You will not be able to enter the F or W grade without this required data. This should not be a problem because all students who never attended will have already been removed from your roster.
Your attendance can be entered at any point after the first week of classes. But it must be entered no later than Thursday, October 1st. Obviously, later starting classes will have a later due date and an e-mail will be sent to your e-mail outlining that deadline.
Remember that attendance processing is a required task, just like grading. We need attendance in order to issue financial aid to students. So, please jot the October 1st deadline on your calendar. And keep an eye on your e-mail because I will send gentle reminders as the date gets closer.
Call if you have any questions. Lyn MacGregor can be reached at: <mailto:LMacGregor@monroecc.edu> or by phone at 292-2237. We are happy to help.
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