Student Absence Notification Policy

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The student is responsible for communicating directly with his or her instructor(s) when he or she is going to miss or has missed class. If possible, students should notify instructors and make arrangements for missed assignments before the absence occurs. Official notification by the Dean of Students’ Office to instructors when absence from classes is for a period of fewer than three (3) consecutive class days is generally not made. The Dean of Students’ Office will not provide verification for an absence for non-critical or non-emergency situations.

When a student misses class for legitimate reasons/ emergency situations and when the absence from classes is likely to be for an extended period (generally three class days or more), students may contact the Dean of Students’ Office by completing the “Absence Notification Request Form” (available in person or online at the Dean of Students' website) to request notification be sent to their instructors. If the student is physically unable to contact the office, a family member may submit the notification request.

Absence notices will not be granted after ten (10) business days from the last date of absence. The Dean of Students’ Office reserves the right to grant or reject notification requests at any time for any student. Excusing the student is at the sole discretion of the faculty member.

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