Q.  What constitutes an academically related activity in determining a student’s last date of attendance?

A.  Per 34 CFR 668.22(c)(3), Academic attendance and attendance at an academically-related activity include, but are not limited to:

  • Physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;
  • Submitting an academic assignment;
  • Taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction;
  • Attending a study group that is assigned by the institution;
  • Participating in an online discussion about academic matters; and
  • Initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Academically-related activities never include activities where a student may be present, but not academically engaged, such as:

  • Living in institutional housing;
  • Participating in the institution's meal plan;
  • Logging into an online class without active participation; or
  • Participating in academic counseling or advisement.

Notably, for online courses, a student that merely logs in to Blackboard or another online platform is not considered academically related.  The student must actively participate in an online discussion, submit an assignment or take a test.

A determination of academic attendance or attendance at an academically-related activity must be made by the institution; a student's certification of attendance that is not supported by institutional documentation is not acceptable.


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