The academic year at Miriam College is divided into two semesters of 18 weeks each. A semester hour or unit of credit is given for satisfactory work in one class hour a week for one semester. A student must carry the load prescribed in the curriculum of the respective year level to be considered a regular student. The maximum load for first-year students is 25 units; for upper-class students, this varies from 15 to 27 units as prescribed by their respective program curricula. No student may carry a load exceeding what is prescribed in the curriculum without permission from the Department Chair, College Dean and the Registrar.
Students should keep track of their academic records. The record is basically a checklist of all general and major course requirements for a particular degree program. This is designed to help the student keep track of her academic progress and thereby help her/him assume responsibility for the completion of all unit requirements for graduation. Every student is expected to keep the record throughout her entire college stay and to update the records every semester in consultation with the Department Chair and the Registrar. This is done by indicating new courses enrolled each registration time, and by recording grades and units earned at the end of each term.
Fourth year students report for final evaluation to the Department Chair during the first semester after which the Department Chair confers with the Registrar to confirm deficiencies. Graduating students are held responsible for correcting deficiencies for graduation.
The maximum number of absences or cuts that may be allowed are as follows:
- 3-unit subject held twice a week for 1½ hours each meeting
- 1st Year - 3 meetings
- 2nd Year - 5 meetings
- 3rd-5th Year - 7 meetings
- 3-unit subject held once a week for 3 hours each meeting
- 1st-2nd Year - 2 meetings
- 3rd-5th Year - 3 meetings
- 2-unit subject held once a week for 2 hours each meeting
- 1st Year - 2 meetings
- 2nd Year - 3 meetings
- 3rd-5th Year - 4 meetings
- Five-unit science with laboratory subject held twice a week for 4 ½ hours each meeting
- 1st Year students are allowed to be absent for a maximum of three meetings in the lecture part and three meetings in the laboratory part
- 2nd Year students are allowed to be absent for a maximum of five meetings in the lecture part and five meetings in the laboratory part
- 3rd, 4th and 5th Year students are allowed to be absent for a maximum of seven meetings in the lecture part and seven meetings in the laboratory part
- 5-unit subject (no lab) held once a week for 5 hours and a five-unit subject (no lab) held 3 times a week distributed into 1 ½ and 2 hours
- 1st Year students are allowed to be absent for a maximum of three meetings in the 1 ½ hour session and two meetings in the two-hour session
- 2nd Year students are allowed to be absent for a maximum of two meetings in the 5 hour session, five meetings in the 1 ½ hour session, and three meetings in the 2 hour session
- 3rd, 4th and 5th Year students are allowed to be absent for a maximum of three meetings in the 5 hour session, seven meetings in the 1 ½ hour session, and four meetings in the 2 hour session
- Six-unit subject held twice a week for 3 hours each meeting
- 2nd Year - 5 meetings
- 3rd-5th Year - 7 meetings.
- Six-unit subject held once a week for 6 hours each meeting
- 2nd Year - 2 meetings
- 3rd-5th Year - 3 meetings
Note: Upper-class students taking up lower year level subjects shall abide by the policy on absences for their year level. The allowed number of absences shall include both excused and unexcused absences. Students absent due to official functions will not be marked absent.
A student is considered tardy if she enters a 1 ½ hour class within the first 15 minutes after the second bell, a two-hour class within the first 20 minutes, a three-hour class within the first 30 minutes, a five-hour class within the first 45 minutes, etc. After these time allowances, tardiness is considered an absence. Three incidents of tardiness are considered as one absence.
In cases where the student has incurred an overcut, Section 101 of the 2008 Manual of Regulations for Private Higher Education, shall be followed, to wit:
Section 101. Student Absences. A student who incurs absences of more than twenty percent (20%) of the prescribed number of class or laboratory periods during the school year or term shall fail and earn no credit for the course or subject except in the instances as follows:
- When the institution adopts a different attendance policy for students who belong to the upper half of their classes; and
- When the institution exempts a student for a just and reasonable ground, provided however that, the student is not excused from keeping up with lessons, assignments and examinations. A faculty member may exempt a student who incurs absences beyond the twenty percent (20%) limit, but with the approval of proper school authority.
In the case of first year students, the First Year Coordinator will take charge of issuing waivers for overcuts when these are justifiable, such as for reasons of death in the family, extended illness, and the like. The College Dean will assess and give exemptions to upper-class students.
The above policies on attendance shall be of universal application. No individual faculty member can lay down an attendance policy different from the above.