Due to its direct correlation with academic success, class attendance is required in the Traditional Academic Programs at Lincoln College-Normal. Chronic absenteeism may result in either administrative withdrawal from the course or a failing grade depending on the discretion of the instructor.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to inform instructors of scheduled absences in advance. The excuse of any absence is left to the sole discretion of the instructor.
  • While an instructor may choose to excuse certain absences in determining course grades, all absences will be included when calculating hours of absence for the College attendance reporting policy (applicable to face-to-face, lower division courses only.)
  • Instructors may impose additional attendance expectations within the bounds of the College policy (including the adjustment of grades based on attendance or tardiness.) In such cases, the instructor will notify students of his/her policy at the beginning of the term.
  • An instructor may consider tardiness to be the equivalent to absence or partial absence in calculating hours of absence for the College reporting (100-200 level courses only) or grading. In either case, the students should be notified of such a policy at the start of the term.

MCC Attendance Policy

The Illinois Dept. of Finance and Professional Regulation require that students complete a minimum number of clock hours to apply for the state board exam. Therefore, attendance is very important. All students must attend classes according to the assigned schedule. Sleeping in class will not be tolerated. If a student is found sleeping in class, he or she will be asked to clock out for the remainder of the day. An instructor has the authority to require a student to repeat a unit if he or she feels it is necessary.

Attendance is calculated into a student’s GPA. Attendance is taken on a daily basis. Attendance is taken for each class as well as monthly. In order to receive credit for attendance a student must be present when role is taken. For each day a student is absent or tardy a zero is given.

Lunches and breaks are to be taken on a daily basis students will be dismissed for lunches and breaks by an Instructor. When a student is scheduled in the student salon or in the esthetics spa/practical room, they will need to ask an Instructor to take a break or go to lunch when they are not with a customer. Lunches are to last no longer than 30 minutes. Breaks are to last no longer than 15 minutes. A lunch or break should be taken within every 6 hour period that the student is in attendance. Unapproved extended lunches or breaks are considered a violation of the attendance policy. Students will have to clock out and leave school if the lunch/break policy is abused.

Day and Evening students must contact the school no later than 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively if late or absent. All students must be clocked in and in their scheduled room when attendance is taken in order to stay in school for the day. Any student arriving later than their scheduled starting time will be told to leave or use a late pass. Consideration for emergencies will be at the discretion of the Instructor.

Time Clock

Time is recorded by a computerized time clock. It is the student’s responsibility to use the time clock correctly. Failure to do so will result in a loss of time. According to state law, no student, teacher or any other person shall clock the time of another student. If a student forgets to clock in or out, a loss of time will occur. Staff members, other students or other person(s) cannot verify a student’s attendance.

In order for students to receive full clock hour credit, students must clock in and out at the beginning and end of each day, as well as the beginning and end of lunch and breaks. If a student is not on the student salon floor or in class, a student must be clocked out. The maximum time a student may be in attendance on any day is 11 hours.

Any student found intentionally misusing the time clock will be written up on a guidance form, which will be kept in the student’s file. More than one write up can result in suspension or dismissal from the school.

In the case of a student refusing to clock out when asked to for a violation of any school policy, the ending time of the day will be at the exact time a staff member asked the student to leave. This will be recorded on a guidance form that will be kept in the student’s file.

Clock Hours Away From School

Clock hours earned away from school premises where the time clock cannot be used shall be awarded only if students are supervised by a licensed instructor employed by the school. These hours are recorded on forms provided by the school that includes a school seal. Credit hours earned in the case of a time clock malfunction shall be recorded on a sign in/out sheet provided by the school.

State Regulations

Students are expected to follow all state laws and regulations at all times during school. State regulations forbid a student to practice cosmetology/esthetics/nail technology without a license unless under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. Violators will be reported to the State Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

Students must be involved in curriculum related activities at all times when clocked in. All students must be clocked out to be allowed in the student lounge. Students not clocked in may not linger in the facility and distract other students from training responsibilities. Inactive students will be warned once, and then asked to leave. No student may refuse an assignment in either their practical work or on a guest.

Students are expected to accept guest tickets graciously and with a professional positive attitude. A student refusing an assignment will be dismissed for the day. All work must be checked by an instructor for credit to be given. All students must take the theory class prior to performing the service on a guest. Students must also have the minimum required hours: 150 for Cosmetology, 85 for Nail Technology, and 75 for Esthetics.

ABE Attendance Policy

One of the tenets of an intensive, accelerated course design for adult learners is the importance of an interactive, experience-sharing classroom environment. ABE students will be expected to participate in class discussions and be engaged in class-based activities/projects. Part of the student’s grade in each class will be based on participation. Students should expect a minimum of 5-15 hours per week of study, homework assignments, and /or group projects.

Due to its direct correlation with academic success, class attendance is required at Lincoln College-Normal. Instructors may impose additional attendance expectations within the bounds of College policy. Students are required to be on time and in attendance for the entire class period. Absences in excess of 20% of class hours (more than one class meeting or 4 hours) in the ABE delivery format, may cause a student to be ineligible to take the final examination in that course. A student may be reinstated to classes following an instructor’s evaluation of his/her abilities and performance. Such determinations are made on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Students who miss two classes in any five (5) week session may be dropped from the course resulting in loss of tuition and a grade of W or F according to the Add-Drop Policy indicated above. Students who miss a class or part(s) of any class may have their grade reduced at the discretion of the instructor.