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Section 101 of the Manual of Regulations for Private Higher Education states that a student who incurs absences of more than twenty (20%) percent of the prescribed number of class or laboratory periods during the school year or term shall fail and earn no credit for the course or subject. Thus, all students are expected to comply with the following:

  1. Punctual and regular attendance in all classes is required of all students. When absent for a good reason, a student is responsible for all assignments given during his/her absence, unless explicitly excused by the faculty member after presenting proof of valid reason for said absence.
  2. Except in cases of officially excused absences, absences are limited to: seven (7) absences for thrice a week class meeting and three (3) absences of a once a week class meeting.
  3. As a general rule, a student is considered tardy when he/she reports for class after the class bell rings. A student who comes to class more than fifteen minutes after the class bell rings (for one hours class) or thirty minutes after the class bell rings (for a two or three hour class) is considered absent. Three (3) counts of tardiness is considered one absence.
  4. In cases where absences exceed the limit prescribed, the student is automatically dropped from the subject and given a grade or mark of Failure due to excess Absences (FA) with zero quality point (QP=0). The student may no longer drop or withdraw from the subject after the FA is earned, 5.0
  5. Final responsibility for recoding student absences belongs to the faculty as reflected in the grading sheet.
  6. A student is required to attend classes promptly and regularly.  The College follows the semestral calendar.  The first semester starts in mid-June and ends in mid-October.  A semestral break is held for two weeks.  The second semester starts in the first week of November and ends in the third week of March.  Summer classes run for 6 weeks, from mid-April to the end of May.  Regular semestral classes are held from Monday to Friday.  M-W-F classes are for one hour each starting from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. T-Th classes are for 1 ½ hours each starting from 7:00 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  7. Class hours lost by late enrolment are considered absences.  
  8. Absences considered approved/excused and therefore not counted against a student are:
    • Those incurred because of official assignment or delegation by the Dean, e.g. in seminars, meetings, contests, symposia approved by the administration.
    • Death of an immediate member of one’s family, duly certified.  (Immediate member refers to mother, father, brother or sister.  Spouse and/or children if married.)
  9. Absences due to sickness duly certified by a doctor, parent or guardian are not considered excused absences and should therefore be included in the maximum allowable absences.  However, the faculty member may give special consideration to absences due to sickness.
  10. Regardless of reason for an absence, the student is held responsible for all assignments and course content missed.
  11. Students are allowed the following maximum number of hours of absences during the regular term:
    • 3 hours for a 1 hour a week class (1-unit course)
    • 7 hours for a 2 hours a week class (2-unit course)
    • 10 hours for a 3 hours a week class (3-unit course)
    • 10 hours for a 5 hours a week class (5-unit course)
    • 10 hours for a 6 hours a week class (6-unit course)
    • This allowance includes all absences, except approved absences as enumerated in Item No. 8.  Beyond such accumulated number of absences, a student is dropped from the course and may be given a DRP-Failed mark in the said course if s/he does not accomplish the official dropping form.
  12. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the number of absences he/she has accumulated.
  13. No student may leave the classroom without the express permission of the   professor. Any student who leaves the class without permission shall be marked  double absent. 
  14. Although members of the faculty are expected to begin their classes promptly, at times they come late for class due to various unavoidable contingencies.  In such a case, the following guidelines should be observed:
    • The class officer should maintain discipline in the class while waiting for 15 minutes;
    • If after 15 minutes (or 30 minutes if the faculty member informed the class or the Dean’s Office beforehand that he/she will come late) the faculty member does not arrive, any class officer should go to the Dean’s Office to report the absence of the professor.
    • Only when the College Dean orders the class to be dismissed can the students leave the classroom in silence so as not to disturb other on-going activities or classes.
  15. The College Dean has the final power to adjudicate all problems arising from absences in regularly scheduled classes.