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College gives freedoms that any high schooler can appreciate. They have the ability to choose: What classes to take, when to take them and even if they want to go. Some college attendance policies are attached to the students grade, if they miss too many classes, the teacher could fail them.

There are some studies that show a positive correlation between class attendance and performance. However, some students at Bismarck State College say it should be left up to them to decide whether or not attending class is beneficial.

It's an unspoken rule that students should go to class. But not every class has a policy forcing students to attend.

Nursing major Jessica Martin does have some classes, where her grade is attached to her attendance. Points for presence. So, when asked if she thought that was fair, she didn't hate it.

"You gotta come to class," says Martin. "You're paying for the class. Why don't you wanna come? You wanna get your degree? Then come to class. That's, I think, why they do it."

It's a given that teachers want students to come to class. But it's understood that each teaching environment is different, chemistry labs verses a math lecture, computer class verses history lecture. So BSC instructors and departments tailor their attendance policies.

"To have sort of a blanket, one-size fits all approach, probably doesn't work as well," says BSC teacher and chairman Dan Leingang. "It could happen, but it's probably not the best structure. So, I prefer, the idea of having a flexible environment that's tied to the instructor."

"I don't want to be there and listen to the lecture. I might as well just read the textbook myself or look up all the stuff online," says nursing major Tanner Delborn. "And do my own research or whatever. But it's best to get, I don't know, I always seem to pick up something from the teacher, and their notes that's gonna benefit me."

Some college attendance policies are attached to the students grade, if they miss too many classes, the teacher could fail them.

 

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