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Absence From Class
The policy on absences assumes student maturity and
responsibility for their own behavior, but also assumes that students
will communicate their intentions and circumstances to their instructor.
Graduate students are expected to attend and participate in all
courses. Most faculty members include course policies for absences in
the syllabus. Unexcused absences are considered “cuts.” A student who
“cuts” the first class meeting, or any two or more class meetings, may
be removed from the course by the Registrar, if the instructor so
The student is dropped from a course, given a grade of “W,” or a
grade of “F,” depending upon when the instructor made the request.
Requests received during the Add/Drop period will result in a class
drop; receipt during the Course Withdrawal Period will result in the
posting of a final grade of “W” to the student’s record and receipt
after the Withdrawal deadline will cause a final grade of “F” to be
Students are cautioned that the instructor may or may not choose to
request removal for unexcused absence(s). It is essential that students
act immediately on their decision to leave a course to ensure that,
through delay, a Drop does not become a Withdrawal or a Withdrawal a
Absence For Religious Holy Days
RISD respects the religious beliefs of all members of the community,
affirms their rights to observe significant religious holy days, and
will make reasonable accommodations, upon request, for such observances.
If one’s religious observance is in conflict with a class then the
student should inform the instructor(s) of the class. If it is an
academic experience or other school function but not a schedule class,
then the student should inform the person in charge. It is the student’s
responsibility to make the necessary arrangements mutually agreed upon
with the instructor(s). See the Student Handbook for detailed
information on faculty and student expectations.