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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • ECC trustees approve personnel, student policies

  • East Central College trustees approved at their Aug. 25 meeting changes to the shared sick leave policy for employees as well as several student policies.
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  • East Central College trustees approved at their Aug. 25 meeting changes to the shared sick leave policy for employees as well as several student policies.
    ECC’s status as an attendance taking institution was clarified as a part of revised board policy. The policy states that student attendance in class, regardless of the delivery method, is important for student success.
    Faculty members are required to submit daily attendance records to the college registrar on a timely basis. All faculty distribute to students a course syllabus that includes a statement detailing the specific course attendance policy, guidelines and actions.
    For a student to be considered attending, several conditions must be met. A student cannot be absent for all class meetings held within 14 consecutive calendar days (or a prorated amount based on a reduced class meeting calendar) without having made regular and frequent contact with the instructor regarding class progress.
    A student cannot be absent for the equivalent of two weeks of class meeting time via intermittent, nonconsecutive absences.
    The updated policy also states that an ECC student cannot exceed the absences permitted under a more restrictive and specific course attendance policy.
    A faculty member will follow the actions as stated in the course syllabus up to and including administrative withdrawal from the class for any student not considered attending but still officially enrolled in the class.
    The admission policy was also updated. Students without a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency may be provisionally admitted and allowed to complete a maximum of 15 credit hours.    
    Authorization was given to update procedures regarding communicable diseases and redefine the makeup of the assessment team that will review and assess the student’s condition.
    Board members were also presented with revisions to the sexual harassment policy to ensure compliance with current laws. Adoption of the policy is expected at the October board meeting.

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