Attendance Requirements

For all MBA Classes 

In accordance with the Core Culture of being present, the MBA program requires students to attend each class. 

Academic Advisors and faculty must be notified if students anticipate missing a significant portion of classes.  7 or more consecutive business days of absence from campus when courses are in session are considered significant even if the absences are for an excused reason. 

There are grading implications, up to and including failure of courses, for students who are absent for a significant portion of classes without communicating with OSA and their professors in advance. 

If students anticipate an absence of 7 or more consecutive days, they should meet with their academic advisor.  

Students experiencing course absences related to protected class accommodations through Title IX or ODS (Office of Disability Services) should contact their Academic Advisor.  Please note that accommodation does not apply retroactively, so prompt outreach to the Academic Advising team is crucial if the likelihood of extended absences exists. 

For MBA Core and Capital Markets Classes 

As stated above, in addition to the requirements of the School and University, and in accordance with Core Culture of being present, the MBA program requires students to attend each class. 

  • Students that miss between 33% and 50% of classes in any individual core course for unexcused reasons will at most receive a P1.  For example, if there are 12 class sessions in a term, students that have more than 3 unexcused absences are not   eligible to receive a grade higher than P1.  

  • Students that miss more than 50% or more of their classes (unexcused) will receive an F. 

  • It is up to the student to keep track of how many unexcused absences they have, and to understand how absences may impact their overall grade in the course. 

Depending on individual professors’ requirements, fewer absences than listed above may have additional ramifications including but not limited to maintaining enrollment in the class and course grades. Check course syllabi for more information specific to each class. 

We understand conflicts arise. Below is a list of absences that are considered excused; OSA may require documentation such as a letter indicating dates of illness from a medical professional, legal summons, etc.  

  • Medical (mandatory appointment, surgery, illness) 

  • Emergency (personal or family) 

  • Religious Holidays 

  • Military/Veteran/Jury Duty 

  • Bereavement/Funeral/Memorial service

  • COVID-19 Diagnosis (see details below) 

Absences are only excused in documented cases listed and students must provide notification in advance of absence from class when possible. Absences will not be excused for interviews, weddings, student activities, conferences, personal travel, etc.  

If you believe, based on the reasons above, that your absence warrants an exception, please email your academic advisor.  It will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the decision will be sent to the faculty. 

For all MBA Core Classes 

  • To submit excused absences, use the “Core Absence Form” found on each Core course Canvas home page.  Students will not receive confirmation of their submission.

  • Core classes are automatically recorded so recording requests are unnecessary.  

For all MBA Elective Classes 

  • Please review your instructor’s syllabus for details on how attendance will affect your grade.  Some elective instructors use the Core absence policies detailed above, while others have their own policy. 

  • With the exception of Capital Markets, OSA does not assist with tracking or approving elective class absences. Communicate directly to the instructor regarding any absences that you believe should be excused.   

  • Recording class information is available here.

COVID-19 Excused Absences 

Effective February 14, 2022, Covid-19 diagnosis now qualifies as an excused absence. The absence will be granted 5 days from the date of the positive test (rapid/antigen or PCR).

For all MBA Core Classes 

  • Students who have received a red pass because they have symptoms, but do not yet have a Covid-19 diagnosis should submit an excused absence form for illness. 

  • If/when a student confirms that they are positive, the student must submit the excused absence form again, denoting the date they tested positive. 

  • All positive cases must be reported to Columbia Health by contacting [email protected] and uploading their documentation to the Columbia Health Patient Portal

For all MBA Elective Classes 

  • Students must inform their professor of the excused absence by email or follow the directions on the syllabus. 

  • All positive cases must be reported to Columbia Health by contacting [email protected] and uploading their documentation to the Columbia Health Patient Portal.  

If you require more than a five-day quarantine period, please contact [email protected].