Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Course Withdrawal Due to Excessive Absences

Exceeding the number of allowed absences for a particular course will be addressed in the following manner:

Number of Absences

 

Resulting Action

1 absence in a 3- or 4-week course

=

withdrawal from the course at point of 1st absence -AND- issuance of an "X" (non-passing) grade

2 absences in a 5- or 6-week course

=

withdrawal from the course at point of 2nd absence -AND- issuance of an "X" (non-passing) grade

3 absences in a 7- or 8-week course

=

withdrawal from the course at point of 3rd absence -AND- issuance of an "X" (non-passing) grade

5 absences in a 20-week (or longer) course

=

withdrawal from the course at point of 5th absence -AND- issuance of an "X" (non-passing) grade

Students should be advised that an "X" (non-passing) grade will only be issued in situations involving excessive absences as outlined above. Should this occur—and the course must be repeated in order to satisfy program requirements—the student will have to pay for the course again when it is rescheduled, using the appropriate tuition rate that is in effect at the time of the retake. A student who does not attend a course in its entirety, but within the parameters established for the total number of allowed absences, will receive a final letter grade (A-F) based upon the degree to which s/he has successfully completed the stated learning objectives for that course.

In order to appeal receipt of an "X" grade and request that it be changed to a "W" (withdrawal), a student must provide at least one of the following forms of documentation:

  • written verification from an accepted medical source (as determined by the VPGPSE) that a personal medical situation (e.g., hospitalization) was the cause of all absences
  • written verification from an official military source that required military duty was the cause of all absences
  • written verification from the student’s employer that a work conflict was the cause of all absences

If the student’s appeal is granted and the grade is changed from an "X" to a "W" (withdrawal), the student will receive a refund of all applicable tuition and fees, and will be charged for the course when it is rescheduled, using the appropriate tuition rate that is in effect at the time of registration. The student must also repeat the course in its entirety, in accordance with the attendance policies outlined above.