The Registrar’s Office conducts a regular review of course participation and attendance in order to identify and support enrolled students who have not actively withdrawn or taken a leave of absence but demonstrate persistent absence. Relay defines persistent absence as having failed to attend in-person and/or synchronous online class sessions for 30 consecutive days and submit any course assignments within that time period. Once students who demonstrate persistent absence are identified, the Registrar’s Office will contact these students to determine their intention to remain enrolled and provide necessary support. Students who continue to demonstrate persistent absence after they have been contacted may be administratively withdrawn from Relay. When persistently absent students do not formally inform the Registrar’s Office of their intention to withdraw or take a leave of absence, Relay will use the last day of in-person or synchronous online class attendance, or the last date of sign-in to Canvas, as the effective date of withdrawal.
Relay Newark Attendance Policy: If a graduate student is absent for four or more in-person sessions throughout the term, they will receive a warning letter and may be at risk for dismissal. Please note that Saturday class sessions amount to two in-person class sessions since they are twice as long. As such, a graduate student missing more than one Saturday class day, without an appropriate excuse for their absence, will quickly accrue four absences. Teachers with at least four absences will receive a warning letter, and if the problem continues, they may face dismissal from the program.