Please read the following information about the Averett attendance policy carefully. If you are already enrolled in an Averett GPS program, we advise you bookmark this page for reference. If you are considering our degree programs and have questions, please contact an admissions counselor for more information.
Student Responsibility of Absence Notification
Any student missing 2 consecutive workshops or 14 days of class must submit in writing their intentions for completing the course or returning to class. Students who miss 2 consecutive workshops and fail to contact their academic advisor prior to the 15th day of absence will be exited from the program for non-attendance, and may be subject to a tuition balance due. E-mail notification is preferred so that written documentation may be kept in the student’s file.
Leave of Absence (LOA) Request Procedure
Any LOA will be considered approved if Averett determines that there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return. During an approved LOA, the student is not considered withdrawn from the University, and, if using financial aid, no return of funds calculation is required, and the student is still continued to be in payment deferral for any loans. The student will not incur additional tuition charges from Averett while on an approved Leave of Absence.
In addition, the student must follow Averett’s policy in requesting the leave of absence by completing the Leave of Absence Request form. The Leave of Absence (LOA) Request form must include the reason for the request, be signed, dated, and must be submitted to the student’s academic advisor no later than the second workshop of the course of the requested leave. The leave of absence request form can be located in the Academic Services site on Blackboard or a copy can be requested from the academic advisor.
Averett will not approve Leaves of Absence (LOAs) that are requested after 6 PM of the first workshop of the course except as the result of unforeseen circumstances (see below).
Documentation for Late LOA Requests
The student must submit the LOA request and appropriate documentation to their academic advisor within 30 days of initial request, to be considered for approval. If the student is approved for an LOA in the middle of a course, Averett will credit the student’s account for that course to ensure no additional charges are accrued. Examples of unforeseen circumstances may include medical and family emergencies, natural disasters, and others as determined by Averett University.
One Request for Multiple Leaves of Absence
Completion of Coursework Upon Return
LOA Returns Prior to the Scheduled End Date
The student will be required to re-register with their academic advisor for courses that were included in original LOA period when they cancel or return early from their LOA.
Failure to Return
If a student does not return from an approved leave of absence, the withdrawal date and beginning of the grace period will be the last date of class attendance.
Leave of absence due to course exemption
For questions about GPS attendance policies, contact us.