OC Science and Technology Policy on Missed Labs


All students should understand the difference between an excused or unexcused absence.

Okanagan College defines an absence as: “… missing all or part of any scheduled classroom, laboratory, shop, clinical or practicum placement and includes arriving more than ten minutes late for class at commencement or following class breaks, and leaving the class at any time before the end of the scheduled instructional period.”

Again as noted in the Calendar, an excused absence may be due to a medical condition, a College-sanctioned event or with the approval of the instructor.

An unexcused absence is any absence that is not described above.

In this context, it is understood that on rare occasions a student may miss a lab because of an excused absence. To avoid being penalized that student must:

1. Discuss the situation with their instructor. If at all possible this discussion should occur before the excused absence

2. Provide documentation of their excused absence such as a doctor’s note.

In all instances, whether the lab is missed for a legitimate reason or not, the student is responsible for the material covered in the lab. Moreover, a student who is absent for more labs than is permitted in the course outline will not be allowed to pass the course even if they have a legitimate reason for those absences.

In the case of an excused absence the student may:

1. Be asked to complete the lab at another time OR 2. Have their lab mark adjusted to reflect a lesser number of labs. For example, their lab mark may be marked out of 5 labs rather than 6.

A student will not be penalized for missing one lab if it is for a legitimate and documented excused absence.

No accommodations will be made for unexcused absences.