Attendance Polices

CCCB students are expected to be responsible members of a scholarly community. An essential component of ministry preparation is developing a professional work ethic that includes dependability, timeliness, and initiative.



Each student is expected to be seated in the classroom when class begins. A student who arrives in class after the bell rings or leaves class early without permission is considered tardy. A student who misses over half a class period will receive two tardies. Students who leave class for an extended period of time may be counted tardy or absent. Three tardies count as one absence.


CCCB recognizes two types of absences:

College absences 

Absences that result from participation in officially sponsored college activities, such as intercollegiate athletics, approved class field trips, ministry conferences, or admissions or outreach trips on behalf of the college.

Personal absences

Absences that result from sickness, personal/ family emergencies, or ministry-related situations (i.e., weddings, funerals, etc.).

Course work missed due to college absences may be made-up. Make-up work due dates should be pre-arranged with the professor prior to the absence and is subject to the professor and/or course policies. Course work missed due to personal absences may only be made up at the discretion of the professor and is subject to the professor and/or course policies.

All absences count toward the total semester absences for a class.

Excessive Absences

A student may be penalized for excessive absences (more than one week or 7%, but less than 20% of class meetings). The student’s grade will be penalized according to the formula given in the syllabus. The penalty may be as much as 10% of the grade for the course, at the discretion of the instructor.

A student who misses over 20% of the class sessions for personal absences will fail the course. If the 20% limit is reached by the midterm grade report, the student will be dropped from the class and receive a grade of “FW” (“failure due to excessive absences and withdrawn”). If the 20% limit is reached after the midterm, students receive a final grade of “F” unless they drop the course before the deadline. A student who meets the absence limit in a consecutive time period will be subject to CCCB’s administrative withdrawal procedures.

The following chart details the penalties that apply for excessive absences.

  No Penalty 5% Penalty 10% Penalty Failed
1 class/week 0–1 absence 2 absences 3 absences >3 absences
2 class/week 0–2 absences 3–4 absences 5–6 absences >6 absences
3 class/week 0–3 absences 4–6 absences 7–9 absences >9 absences
4 class/week 0–4 absences 5–8 absences 8–12 absences >12 absences

Two absences may be counted for each term that a student misses immediately preceding or following Thanksgiving Break in the fall or Outreach Week in the spring.


In order for a student to continue in a course, they must demonstrate ongoing participation and interaction in the course by completing, at a minimum, all three of the following participation requirements for each unit of the course:

  • Participation in the forum discussion with at least one post
  • Completion of at least one unit assignment
  • Completion of the unit reflection in which the student must ask a question of the professor about the course content and the professor has responded to the question

If a student, due to extenuating circumstances, fails to meet participation requirements in a timely manner, the student may complete work after the deadline at the professor’s discretion. If work is completed after the deadline, the professor may update the student’s participation tracking accordingly.


If a student believes there are extenuating circumstances leading to excessive absences, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the vice president of academics with written evidence of the absences (documentation from medical facilities, family members, legal authorities, etc.). The student should continue to attend class and complete assignments while the appeal is being considered by the appeals committee. If the appeal is approved, the student will be allowed to stay in the class. If the appeal is rejected, the student will receive a grade of “FW.”


In order to ensure students are regularly attending class, the registrar will monitor attendance. If at any time it is evident that a student has either not met attendance for a class or it appears they have stopped attending altogether, the financial aid office will begin investigating whether a student simply withdrew from a single class and no further action is needed or there is a need for a R2T4, aid adjusted, and exit counseling needed.