Student Expectations and Responsibilities

Columbia emphasizes the responsibility of each student to participate in the educational process. This involves the conscientious preparation of assignments and the recognition of the frequent interdependence of students when individual contribution to a group or class effort is required.

Students are expected to attend classes and to complete assignments as required by the instructor. They should expect their academic progress to suffer if they miss classes.The mandatory attendance policy requires all faculty to report students who do not attend classes by week three within the 15-week semester, and earlier for shorter sessions. Students reported as non-attending will be withdrawn from the course and receive an “NS” grade on their academic record. Please see for more information.

To ensure that students are fulfilling degree requirements and on track towards the completion of their degree, they should regularly meet with their academic advisor in the College Advising Center. Students are responsible for their own success and progress toward the completion of their degree, and they should utilize both the services of faculty in their departments and advisors in the College Advising Center to assist with this process.