Attendance Policy

Attendance for ALI classes is mandatory. Students are expected to attend all sessions of their ALI classes. Students who are absent for more than twice the number of hours that a class meets in one week* (maximum absence limit), will normally receive a grade of “No Credit”. For example, if a class meets four hours per week, a student who has more than 8 hours of total absences during the semester would receive a grade of “No Credit”.

Students who arrive 15 minutes or later after the beginning of a class may be marked as absent for the first hour at the discretion of the instructor.

Students who go over the maximum absence limit may appeal their case to the Student Advisor. Such students should be prepared to show evidence of a legitimate excuse for every time they missed class (court documents, doctor’s notes, etc.). Legitimate excuses include: medical emergencies, personal emergencies, family emergencies, and required courtroom appearances. Picking up a relative at the airport or not being able to find a parking space are not considered emergencies.

Although students may receive “No Credit” for a course due to absences, they may still be released from their ALI class at the end of the semester if they have been able to demonstrate that they can fulfill the objectives of the course. Any student who receives a grade of “No Credit” in two ALI courses will not be permitted to enroll in ALI classes in the future. This usually means that the student will have to leave USC due to the fact that he/she cannot fulfill the English requirement which is a continuing registration requirement.

*Summer sessions have different maximum numbers of absences allowed. Please see the syllabus or your instructor for more information.