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Excused Absences

Throughout any given semester, illness and emergencies sometimes preclude students from attending class. However, there are specific rules that dictate whether these absences are excused. Specifically, students are entitled to an excused absence for the following reasons:

  1. serious illness;
  2. illness or death of family member;
  3. University-related trips and activities;
  4. major religious holidays;
  5. interviews for graduate/professional school or full-time employment post-graduation*;
  6. any other circumstances the Instructor of Record determines are reasonable cause for absence.

Make-up quizzes and exams should be negotiated at mutually agreeable times and students should inform their instructor if the student has a class during the time offerred for the make-up work. For the full Senate Rule regarding excused absences, see Senate Rule

*The University Senate voted on 3/20/2017 to require absences for interviews for full-time employment (or interviews for graduate or professional school) to be excused for graduating students. The Instructor of Record has the right to require appropriate verification. For more information, see

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