Student Attendance

Student Attendance Policy (500.41)

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges recognizes the correlation between class attendance and student success. Regular class attendance is the responsibility of the student and is considered necessary to receive maximum benefit from college enrollment.

Instructors may establish specific attendance policies which must be communicated via the course syllabus or other written method. However, faculty attendance policies will not supplant IECC policy, procedure, or administrative guidelines related to attendance/absences. 

The absent student or the student who is anticipating an absence is responsible for consulting his/her instructor(s) in order to ascertain the acceptability of the absence and the possibility of completing missed coursework. With consideration given to IECC policies, procedures, or administrative guidelines and consistent application of their own documented attendance policies, it is up to the discretion of the instructor whether to allow a student to make up any missed assignments, exams, or projects.

Guidelines for Students

Anticipated Absences  
Communication is key. If you know of an absence in advance, discuss it with your instructor(s). Determine 1) if there’s coursework you can complete in advance or upon your return. 2) whether your instructor(s) require documentation pertaining to a planned absence.

Makeup work is at the discretion of instructors and it’s very likely your instructors could have different attendance policies; be sure to inquire of all and supply coursework and documentation as instructed by each.

Unexpected Absences due to Non-emergencies    
Not all absences are anticipated. Students who are unable to attend a class due to a non-emergency, such as an illness or injury (e.g. sore throat, cold, sprained ankle, etc.), should discuss the absence with the instructor as soon as possible. As with anticipated absences, determine if it’s possible to makeup work and provide any required documentation.  

Unexpected Absences due to Emergency Situations  
The Dean of Students (Cassandra Goldman, email:; Phone: 618-263-5037 Ext: 3166) serves as a contact resource on each IECC campus for a student in extreme or emergency cases when the student is unable to communicate with individual instructors. Accidents/hospitalizations that occur out of town, death of an immediate family member (mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child), serious emotional/psychological problems, serious physical injuries or trauma, and medically prescribed inpatient treatment for substance abuse are examples of situations where the Dean of Students might appropriately be contacted and called upon for assistance in communicating with instructors. The Dean’s Office will communicate with faculty regarding the student’s absence and expected return date as well as any other pertinent information. It will be at the discretion of the student what to share and not to share with instructors.

Allied Health/Health Professions   
Students enrolled in Health Professions courses which require specific hours, competencies, and/or skills are advised to reference their program-specific handbooks for guidance on the handling of absences. These programs often have unique requirements and standards. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in academic consequences.

International Students (on an F-1 or J-1 Visa Sponsored by IECC)    
International students attending IECC are on an F-1 or J-1 visa sponsored by IECC with specific requirements for students to remain on campus when classes are in session. Student requests to leave early or change their attendance to online at the end of the semester can violate their visa status. Please contact the Program Director of the International Student Program with any questions.


See Also:

Student Military: Provisions When Called for Service    

Student Religious Observances Policy (500.34)

Inclement Weather Guidelines

Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students