As a small liberal arts college, attendance to classes is an expectation. Generally faculty record absences and have established attendance policies for courses. The policies are reflective of the importance of being present in class as a participant in discussion, in hands-on experiences and interactive content, which cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom.
With rare exception, students should notify their professors prior to missing classes. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for makeup of missed tests and assignments if the individual faculty member will permit it. Consideration of modification of attendance policies and assignment extensions are made case-by-case between the Disability Services Coordinator and individual faculty using guidelines provided by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
Lengthy absences, particularly in courses where attendance is an integral part of the learning experience, may not be excused. A leave of absence may need to be considered as an option in these situations.
Julia R. Timmons
Disability Services Coordinator
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
434.544.8687 or 434.544.8339