Attendance, Absence and Tardiness

Students meet together in class with an instructor once each week for an entire day.  In addition to classroom lectures, students attend clinical days with approved preceptors.

Nizhoni Institute does not have a universal course attendance policy for didactic classes (modules).  However, faculty members may separately establish attendance requirements for individual modules.  Students are responsible for the information and material missed during an absence and must make arrangements to complete any missed examinations or fulfill other assignments in a timely manner as required by the instructor.  (See Section 5.)  Some state licensing boards may specify attendance requirements for students.  In these instances, the student intending to apply for licensure in such a state is responsible for notifying both the faculty member and the Executive Directors of the need to document the student’s attendance.

An absence is considered excused under the following circumstances:

a. Illness of the student midwife (documentation of illness may be required).

b. Illness of the student midwife’s immediate family member when the student has care-giving responsibility (documentation of illness may be required).

c. Legitimate personal emergency, including death in the immediate family.

d. Doula birth or documented birth with an approved preceptor.  Attendance at births is documented via the student’s Birth Attendance Log and must be countersigned by the student’s preceptor(s) or hospital staff member (RN, CNM, MD).  Documentation must include the time of birth and the date and time the student arrives and leaves the site of the birth.

e. Professional conference or workshop.  Students desiring to attend a professional conference or workshop must receive advance permission from the instructor(s) if the class has a specified attendance requirement or assignment or examination planned during the time of the conference.

f. Religious holidays for which advance notice is given to the instructor.  If an examination falls on a religious holiday, the student must make arrangements with the faculty to complete the missed examination in a timely manner as required by the instructor.

g. Attendance at a midwifery clinical intensive in a geographic area greater than 100 miles from class.  The Executive Directors and the instructor(s) must approve a student’s attendance at a midwifery clinical intensive at least one month in advance of the event.  Attendance at the clinical intensive must be documented and countersigned by the student’s on-site preceptors. Documentation will include the date and time of the student’s arrival and departure from the clinical intensive.

In situations involving illness, personal emergency or attendance at a birth, the student is required to notify the faculty member by leaving a message via voicemail or email informing the faculty member of the situation prior to the start of class.  Faculty may require documentation of the absence upon the student’s return.

Regardless of the reason for an absence, all class modules are to be completed and submitted according to the dates specified by the faculty member.  If the student requires an extension for completion of coursework, the request for an extension must be submitted in writing to the faculty member and a separate Executive Director.  An Individualized Learning Contract will be established with the student and maintained in the student’s file, along with the date of satisfactory completion.

If a student misses more than the stated requirements for a class, this may adversely impact the student’s grade in the class.  In such cases, the student will be required to set up an Individualized Learning Contract which may include repeating missed coursework with an available cohort prior to graduation.

Tardiness is defined as arriving more than 30 minutes late for the start or leaving 30 minutes prior to the end of a class with specified attendance requirements.  Habitual tardiness may adversely impact a student’s academic success.  Habitual tardiness will be documented and the student may be required to establish an Individualized Learning Contract; the terms of the ILC may include repeating the module with another cohort prior to graduation.

In the event of an unplanned school closure for weather-related reasons or other emergencies, students will be required to make up missed coursework and will be granted an extension by the faculty and administration.  If the closure is too long to make up missed work within the duration of the module, Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery reserves the right to extend the duration of the program in order to allow for additional time to make up the missed coursework.