You must attend the first class meeting and/or orientation of each new class whether
it's a lecture or a laboratory. If you cannot be there, notify your instructor in
writing, via email or by phone no later than 24 hours prior to the start of class.
Without prior notification, you may be dropped from the class and wait list students
could be admitted in your place. For instructor email addresses and telephone extensions,
select the Directories on the home page.
Regular attendance at all class sessions is a primary obligation of the student. Regular
participation in distance learning and TBA components is part of attendance, with
minimum time required each day or week depending on the course section. Both the successful
completion of college work and the financial support of the college are dependent
on regular attendance. Students are required to remain for the entire period. Each
college instructor will explain the absence policy for his or her class at the beginning
of the semester; however, failure to attend regularly may result in a reduction of
the student's final grade, or in the student being dropped from the class altogether.
In the event of a prolonged illness, instructors should be notified either by the
student or by Health Services. Veterans should contact the Financial Aid/Veterans
Affairs office on the Santa Maria campus.
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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."