If students will be absent from class, they should consult with their professors prior to the absence if possible. In all cases, professors may set their own policies governing the number of allowable absences and the options for making up work that is missed whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
Students who are ill should visit the infirmary where a notice will be provided for students to take to their professors when they return to class. If students are treated by outside health professionals, they should obtain a notice from their treating professionals indicating whether bed rest has been recommended, and they should bring this notice with them when they return to class. If students will be absent from class for an extended period (longer than 3 days) due to health issues, they should request that their treating health professionals provide written documentation to the infirmary. The infirmary will then notify the Office of the Associate Academic Dean who will notify all professors.
Absences for other personal reasons including death in the family, weddings, graduations, graduate school visits, job interviews, etc. may be confirmed through the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. Students should provide the Office of the Associate Academic Dean appropriate documentation or contact information for an appropriate person to confirm the dates of the absence as well as the reason for the absence. The Associate Academic Dean will notify all professors if the reason for the absence is deemed essential. Absences due to family obligations (i.e. vacations, family reunions, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, etc.), activities for student organizations, or events resulting in excessive absences are typically not deemed essential by the Associate Academic Dean.
Absences due to participation in educational events or varsity athletic events sponsored by a faculty or staff member are confirmed through the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. Students will receive a Sponsored Event form from the sponsor to distribute to their professors to notify them of the dates of the absence.
Absence Request Form