Class Attendance Requirements

Federal legislation requires Adams State University to verify that students who receive financial aid begin attending courses by census date of each semester. Please be aware that if you have financial aid for your courses with Adams State, you MUST participate in an academically related activity in each course by census date of the semester of enrollment.

Academically Related Activities Definition

Academically related activities include, but are not limited to, physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students; initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course; participating in an online discussion about academic matters; submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction; or attending a study group that is assigned by the school.

Academically related activities do NOT include activities where a student may be present, but not academically engaged, such as logging into an online class without active participation, participating in academic counseling or advisement, living in institutional housing, or participating in the school’s meal plan.

In a distance education context, logging into an online class is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate academic attendance by the student. You must participate in class or otherwise be engaged in an academically related activity, such as by contributing to an online discussion or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course-related question. Completion of an online syllabus quiz constitutes attendance.

Non-attendance Mandatory Course Drop

If you do not begin attending academically related activities in each course by census, you WILL BE DROPPED from your course(s) and therefore, lose financial aid eligibility for the semester. Any financial aid funds disbursed to your student account or refunded to you must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education.

Please be aware of Adams State’s census (course add/drop) dates every semester by referring to the Academic Calendar.