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Attendance Policy


Pratt Institute understands that students’ engagement in their program of study is central to their success. While no attendance policy can assure that, regular class attendance is key to this engagement and signals the commitment Pratt students make to participate fully in their education.

Faculty are responsible for including a reasonable attendance policy on the syllabus for each course they teach, consistent with department-specific guidelines, if applicable, and with Institute policy regarding reasonable accommodation of students with documented disabilities. Students are responsible for knowing the attendance policy in each of their classes; for understanding whether a class absence has been excused or not; for obtaining material covered during an absence (note: instructors may request that a student obtain the material from peers); and for determining, in consultation with the instructor and ahead of time if possible, whether make-up work will be permitted.

Consistent attendance is essential for the completion of any course or program. Attending class does not earn students any specific portion of their grade, but is the precondition for passing the course, while missing class may seriously harm a student’s grade. Grades may be lowered a letter grade for each unexcused absence, at the discretion of the instructor. Even as few as three unexcused absences in some courses (especially those that meet only once per week) may result in an automatic “F” for the course. (Note: Students shall not be penalized for class absences prior to adding a course at the beginning of a semester, though faculty may expect students to make up any missed assignments.)

Pratt Institute respects students’ requirements to observe days of cultural significance, including religious holy days, and recognizes that some students might need to miss class to do so. In this, or other similar, circumstance, students are responsible for consulting with faculty ahead of time about how and when they can make up work they will miss.

Faculty are encouraged to give consideration to students who have documentation from the Office of Health and Counseling. Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities will continue to be provided, as appropriate.

Adopted Spring 2017

Religious Observance Calendar 2023–2024 Academic Year

Eid al-Ghadeer **IslamJuly 6
1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **IslamJuly 19
10th of Muharram (Ashura) **IslamJuly 28
Tisha B’Av**JewishAugust 12-13
Arbaʽeen**IslamSeptember 6
Paryushan **JainSeptember 11-18
Rosh Hashanah **JewishSeptember 15-17
Yom Kippur **JewishSeptember 24-25
Sukkot JewishSeptember 29 – October 6
Simchat Torah **JewishOctober 6-8
Shemini Atzeret**JewishOctober 7
# Navrati/Dussehra**HinduOctober 16-24
Holy Day of ObligationCatholicNovember 1
Diwali **HinduNovember 12
Hanukkah JewishDecember 7-15
Eastern Orthodox Christmas OrthodoxChristianJanuary 7
SankrantiHinduJanuary 15
Ash WednesdayChristianFebruary 14
Lent BeginsChristianFebruary 14
# Ramadan **IslamMarch 10 – April 9
Purim **JewishMarch 23-24
HoliHinduMarch 25
Good FridayChristianMarch 29
EasterChristianMarch 31
23rd Night of Ramadan **IslamApril 2
27th Night of Ramadan **IslamApril 6
# Eid al-Fitr **IslamApril 10
VaisakhiSikhApril 13
Passover (Pesach) **JewishApril 22-30
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday OrthodoxChristianMay 3
Eastern Orthodox Easter OrthodoxChristianMay 5
Vesak (Theravada)BuddhismMay 5
Vesak (Mahayana)BuddhismJune 4
Shavuot **JewishJune 11-13
# Eid-al-Adha**IslamJune 17
JuneteenthInterfaith/African AmericanJune 19
# Eid al-Ghadeer **IslamJune 25
1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **IslamJuly 7
10th of Muharram (Ashura) **IslamJuly 16

# Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon, and therefore, there may be some variance by day.

**All Jewish, Islamic, and Bahá’í holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.