Class Schedules and Attendance

Class Schedules

Classes are generally scheduled between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM Monday through Friday inclusive of fieldwork experiences. On occasion, classes may run later than 6:00pm or be held on Saturdays. At times, schedules may be changed to accommodate field trips, guest speakers, practical exams, standardized patient encounters, simulated patient encounters, comprehensive exams, holidays, emergencies, or inclement weather. Schedule changes will be posted on the class google calendar as soon as a change is known and/or emailed to the students.

Students are expected to arrive and leave all fieldwork experiences at the times determined by the fieldwork educator or AFC.

Students are expected to arrive and leave all capstone experiences at the times determined by the capstone coordinator. 

Attendance and Participation

Teaching and learning are at the heart of the OT Program. Learning involves a serious commitment of both faculty and students. The faculty is committed to the quality of their instruction, and students choose to come to E&H because they believe the instruction they receive will be of great benefit to them. The faculty in the Program expects that each student presents himself or herself in a professional and mature manner; this includes timely attendance at all classes, laboratories, and discussion group meetings (whether or not the faculty member is present). 

On occasion, students may miss classes because of College events or unavoidable, extenuating circumstances, such as injury or illness. Legitimate excuses for absence include personal illness, a death of a person in the immediate family, or professional activities that have prior approval. Physician and dental appointments, other than emergency, are not acceptable reasons for missing the learning experiences of the curriculum. Anytime a student misses a class, for whatever reason, he/she is expected to contact the professor with an email or voicemail at least one hour before the start of the class or in the case of an emergency as soon as possible thereafter. The student is responsible for learning the material covered in that class meeting. Particularly for laboratory experiences, the student should indicate when contacting the professor, how the student anticipates acquiring the missed laboratory competencies. At the discretion of the faculty member and as announced in the syllabus, failure to meet attendance requirements may result in a lowered grade and potential failure for the course.

Faculty members believe it is their responsibility to provide an environment conducive to learning.Therefore, classroom attendance is restricted to those individuals enrolled in that class. Guests may only be permitted in the classroom with prior approval from the Course Master.

See Fieldwork Education portion of this handbook and the Fieldwork Manual for policies specific to attendance in fieldwork experiences.

Absences from the classroom or fieldwork due to illness of three or more consecutive days may require written physician permission to return to the classroom or fieldwork site. Should a student miss an exam or due date for an assignment, s/he may be asked for a doctor’s note to substantiate his/her absence. Students will be required to make up hours lost. Prolonged absences or inability to participate in classroom, laboratory, or fieldwork may require a leave of absence from the fieldwork education or academic experiences.

See discussion for reassignment of fieldwork experiences under the fieldwork education section of this handbook. In the event of a leave of absence, the student will work with his/her advisor, the AFC and Program Director/Department Chair to specify the terms and conditions of the leave as well as conditions under which the student may resume fieldwork education experiences.

Students are expected to be active participants in all classroom, laboratory and clinical activities. Should any issue preclude a student from full participation in any classroom, laboratory, or clinical activity, it is the student’s responsibility to discuss this with the course master. Students are reminded to review the Technical Standards of the Program.

If a student sustains an injury during the course of the semester that may prevent them from full participation in academic or clinical courses then the following must occur:

  • Student must fully disclose the injury and consequences to the course director.
  • Student must have a physician’s report or prescription indicating injury and restrictions.
  • Student must notify the course director of follow up appointments with treating
    physician and a time frame for resolution of restrictions with expectation to return to
    full class participation.

Decisions regarding unresolved health issues or injuries which require a significant restriction in participation in academic or clinical coursework will be considered on a case by case basis.