Regular class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of the Institute. The instructor must keep attendance records and should formulate an attendance policy consistent with departmental policies. The instructor's policy is to be explained in detail to the class at the beginning of the semester. TSI rules require that Associate Degree-seeking students attend developmental courses until TSI requirements are met.
In accordance with the Texas Education Code 51.911, a student who plans to be absent from classes in observance of a religious holy day must notify the instructor of each class not later than the 15th day of the semester. Approved absences allow students to complete an assignment or to take an examination.
"Religious holy day" means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20, Tax Code.
Notifications of planned absences must be in writing and must be delivered by the student either:
- personally to the instructor of each class, with receipt of the notification acknowledged and dated by the instructor, or
- by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the instructor of each class.
A form, Notification of Planned Absence for Religious Holy Days, may be obtained from the Records Office. The student must deliver the completed form to the instructor of each class affected by the absence. Upon review of the notification form, instructors will sign and date the receipt of the notice, retaining a copy for the instructor and returning one copy to the student.
Instructors may refer any questions regarding the qualification of the absence to the Records Office.