Attendance is monitored for enrolled students in all courses. Students must be present for a minimum of 80% of their scheduled classes and may not be absent for more than four consecutive class sessions. Any student in violation of the attendance policy will receive an F as their final course grade. Exceptions can only be granted by petition to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Absences in a distance education course due to technological failure are considered on a case-by-case basis by the instructor of record. DIU is required to report attendance policy violations for international students and students with federally funded assistance (students receiving VA benefits). Responsibility for class attendance rests with the student.
In accordance with Texas state law (TX ED Code § 51.911), students absent due to the observance of a religious holiday may take examinations or complete assignments scheduled for the day missed within a reasonable time after the absence, if, not later than the 15th day of the course, the student notifies, in writing, the instructor of each course scheduled on that date that the student will be absent for a religious holy day. Only holiday or holy days observed by a religion whose place of worship is exempt from property taxation under Texas Tax Code § 11.20 may be included.