Academic Standards

CCD Curriculum Standards

CCD follows the Colorado state-mandated common course descriptions, competencies and outlines for any course offered, regardless of the method of delivery. For online, hybrid and accelerated courses, CCD uses existing academic structures in the development of courses and curricula.


Attendance at all class sessions is critical for academic success. Regular and punctual attendance is expected, and each instructor will keep a complete record of student attendance for the entire length of each course. As a CCD student, you will be counted absent from missed class meetings, beginning with the first day of class. Faculty must report any student who does not attend the first 15 percent (census date) of the course and you will be dropped and not be allowed to re-register for the course. Any corequisite required for a course that is dropped for non-attendance may also be dropped. Faculty may give a failing grade to any student who has missed at least 15 percent of a class after the first class meeting. You are responsible for properly processing a withdrawal from a class if you want to avoid receiving a failing grade.

You must provide instructors with a valid reason for an absence in a timely manner. However, accommodations may not be made for missed course assignments, participation, quizzes, tests or class sessions. You are responsible for learning the material that was taught during the absence and completing all class assignments.

The attendance policy for health sciences and other programs may differ because of clinical requirements or rules set by approving agencies.

Online students must complete a graded assignment within the first 15 percent of the course (census date). Depending on the instructor, this can be a discussion post, assignment, quiz, or some other assessable activity. Please check with your instructor if you have questions.