Excused Absences

Throughout any given semester, illness and emergencies sometimes preclude students from attending class. However, University Senate Rule 5.2.4.2 specifies 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 (prior notification required);
  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.

Students bear the responsibility of informing the Instructor and providing documentation for the absence within one week following the period of the excused absence (except where prior notification is required).

Make-up quizzes and exams should be scheduled for a mutually agreeable time.  If the student has a class during the time offered, the student should inform the instructor.  Students should not miss a scheduled class period, nor request an excused absence, to take a make-up exam.  Instructors are required to provide a make-up exam and may not simply calculate the student's grade on the basis of the other course requirements unless the student agrees in writing or the exam in question is a common exam and the department employs a practice known as "doubling up."

Please note that if a student misses one-fifth of the class contact hours due to excused absences, and attendance is required or a criterion for a grade in the course, the instructor may request that the student withdraw from the class or impose an incomplete.