Class Participation

Hostos Community College is a non-attendance taking institution.

Students are expected to participate in all class meetings in the courses for which they are registered. Classes begin at the times indicated in the official schedule of classes. Arrival in class after the scheduled starting time constitutes lateness.

The maximum number of absences is limited to 15% of the number of scheduled class hours per semester, and a student absent more than the indicated 15% is deemed excessively absent. Participation is monitored from the first official day of classes. In the case of excessive absences or lateness, the instructor has the right to lower the grade, assign a failing grade, or assign additional written work or readings.

Absences due to late registration, change of program, or extenuating circumstances, will be considered on an individual basis by the instructor.

Each department and program may specify in writing a different attendance policy.


  • Any work missed during any period of absence must be made up by the student.
  • If the student did not attend class (i.e. began attending classes and/or pursuing the prescribed coursework or is otherwise active and participating in the course, e.g. by submitting assignments, attending a required study group, academic conference or tutorials) at least once in the first week of the course, the Office of the Registrar is required to assign a grade of “WN” to the student’s record for the course.