It is the expectation of Fayetteville State University (FSU) that students will attend all of their classes regularly and consistently and be responsible for notifying faculty members, in advance, of the reasons for any class absences. Attendance in classes taught online is understood to mean regular and consistent interaction with the course website and instructor and submission of assignments according to stated deadlines. Students who are enrolled for a semester/term but stop attending classes shall be required to officially withdraw from FSU. Students who stop attending all classes during a semester, but fail to officially withdraw from FSU, shall be administratively withdrawn by the University in accordance with this policy.
Receipt by a student of one or more of the following grades may lead to the initiation of the administrative withdrawal process:
Beginning on the tenth (10th) day of each semester/term and continuing until the deadline for withdrawing from the university, a faculty member shall assign an interim grade of EA (Excessive Absences) to an officially enrolled student who has four (4) consecutive hours of unexcused absences or whose absences jeopardize the student’s success in the class. In assigning an interim grade of EA, the faculty member shall determine the last date of attendance for each student who will receive an EA grade. For online courses, a faculty member shall assign an interim grade of EA to a student who does not interact with the course website for more than one (1) week or who fails to respond to the faculty member’s request(s) for information.
Students and their advisors shall be notified of the EA interim grade. Once the student is notified of the EA grade, the student shall either resume class attendance or withdraw from the class or the university by the specified deadline. If the student does neither, the student shall receive a final grade of FN (failure due to non-attendance).
The EA interim grade is not intended to apply to students who have excused absences. Students are responsible for providing written documentation of excused absences to faculty members. "Excused absences" are limited to documented personal illness, family emergencies, or participation in university sponsored activities.
B. Final Grades
At the end of each semester, the Office of Enrollment Management shall determine which students should be administratively withdrawn by reviewing the final grades of all students in accordance with the following criteria:
The effective date of an administrative withdrawal shall be based on the following considerations:
All forms of financial aid – including, but not limited to scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans – are provided to support students who are attending classes and making satisfactory progress toward degree completion. When the effective date of an administrative withdrawal is determined, the University shall apply its policies on refunds to re-calculate tuition and fees and make appropriate adjustments to a student’s financial aid. Administrative withdrawal may result in the requirement for recipients of financial aid to repay all or some of the aid they received for that semester.