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​​​General Student Policies


Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for all instruction and coursework. In an online or hybrid class, this includes log-in and engagement as outlined in the syllabus. In case of absence, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the faculty. Whenever possible, arrangements to make up work should be made in advance.

Saint Paul College recognizes the positive impact that consistent and thoughtful engagement has on student success, both in and out of the classroom. As a result, we as a community highly value attendance in our classes and programs.

Subpart 1: Students who do not attend during the first five business days of the start of the course or who do not contact their instructor about their absence will be assigned a grade of FN (Failure for Non-attendance). Students registered for online classes who do not log in and actively participate in the course via D2L Brightspace by the seventh day of the course will receive a grade of FN (Failure for Non-Attendance).

A student who has received an FN grade and has been removed from class may request reentry into the class by contacting the faculty member. Readmission to the class is not guaranteed and is at the faculty member’s discretion through the second week of class; it is at the discretion of both faculty member and the Dean of the program after the second week of class. A student who is readmitted and does not meet the attendance requirements of the course should be again removed from the class through the FN process.

Subpart 2: Students who stop attending prior to the withdraw deadline for the course but who do not officially withdraw from the course, are subject to being assigned a grade of FW (Failure due to Unofficial Withdraw).

Subpart 3: Students should understand that some faculty consider attendance and participation when determining final grades, as outlined in the syllabus and course materials.

Subpart 4: Saint Paul College recognizes that students may need to miss class for a variety of legitimate reasons including illness, bereavement, jury duty, and family emergencies. Students are expected to notify their instructors of legitimate absences as soon as possible, and students should work with their instructors to make up missed course work in a timely manner. While instructors may provide reasonable accommodations for a limited number of excused absences, students are ultimately responsible for making up work. Students who miss too many classes or fall too far behind in a course may not be able to pass the course even with legitimate excuses. Instructors have the discretion to determine whether accommodations are reasonable and whether students are able to make up work. Faculty are not obligated to provide instruction, make alternate arrangements nor accept late coursework from students who miss class for any reason unless related to Saint Paul College provided ADA or Title IX accommodations. Instructors typically indicate attendance and participation expectations on the course syllabus. If student absences are due to a chronic illness or disability, students should consult with the Office of Access & Disability Resources about possible accommodations. Saint Paul College faculty uphold accommodations provided under the American with Disabilities Act and Title IX.

Subpart 5: Saint Paul College recognizes the diversity of the beliefs and religions represented by our student body. The College will provide reasonable flexibility when religious observances occasionally conflict with academic obligations such as class attendance, activities, assignments, examinations and other course requirements.

Students must inform instructors of such conflicts in advance and in a timely manner. Students remain responsible for all class work and other academic obligations missed as a result of their absence as defined in the class syllabus.

Children in the Classroom

Children of employees or students as well as other persons not enrolled in courses at the college are not permitted in the classrooms, labs, or shops with the exception of College sponsored special events. Children are not to be left unattended on campus.

Class Updates

In the event that an instructor needs to cancel a class meeting an email message will be sent to students via their Saint Paul College email account. This message, from the instructor, may include such information as assignments for the missed class. This information, also, will be posted on the Saint P​aul Co​​​​​​​​lle​ge website under “Class Updates”, which is listed under “Academics” on the College Home Page.


Students are responsible for dressing in a manner that will not disrupt the education, health, and safety of self or others. In some programs, students may be required to wear a special uniform. If so, these will be in a specified program handbook. Students may be required to wear safety glasses, helmets, or other protective clothing in shops or laboratories with higher accident injury potential. Students are encouraged to dress as one would in the future place of employment.

Field Trips/Industry Visitation

Field trips and visits to industry are considered an extension of the instructional setting. On such trips, you are subject to follow all College policies.

Military Leave

If you are a member of the military reserves and must miss classes to fulfill your military obligations, you must inform your instructors, your faculty advisor and the Registrar. Permission to miss classes, however, does not exempt you from completing all requirements of your courses or financial obligations.

Religious Observances

Saint Paul College fully supports the principles of free expression and respect for the diversity of beliefs, including religious observances, among our academic community. It is the policy of the College to provide reasonable academic accommodations for students when sincerely held religious beliefs conflict with classroom activities or course requirements that were not disclosed in the course description. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor in a timely fashion of such possible conflicts. If a mutually agreed upon academic accommodation is not possible, the student may initiate an appeal.


All solicitation on the campus of the Saint Paul College is governed by a policy set by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Individuals of any commercial product, business enterprise, Not for Profit, political, or religious organization must have prior written approval from the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Solicitation by organized Saint Paul College student groups requires advanced approval of the Director of Student Life.

Student Calls & Messages

Staff will not send visitors to classrooms. It is up to you to inform family or friends of your classrooms if you wish. Saint Paul College will attempt to deliver messages only in case of extreme emergency as allowed by FERPA.​

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