Life happens and it doesn't follow academic semesters...


Instructors and departments are responsible for establishing attendance policies for classes and examinations. These policies must accommodate student participation in University-sanctioned extracurricular/co-curricular activities. Please see the 2017/2018 University General Catalog for additional information:


There is no "excused absence" for illness, injury, or other personal circumstances. As a courtesy to both students and faculty, the Student Case Management office may send an Instructor Notification in the event of extenuating circumstances.


With verifiable documentation, the student may request notification be sent to their faculty. Instructor Notification does not excuse an absence from class and any considerations are at the discretion of the individual professor. Instructors may view documentation in the Student Case Management office if it will aid in their decision to offer considerations to an individual student.  


Please know that sometimes a student has extenuating circumstances that cannot be verified such as the death of a friend, financial circumstances, employment responsibilities, and many other situations. We do not doubt the impact such situations have on a student and their academics. Regrettably, we cannot provide an Instructor Notification for situations that we cannot verify. If you find yourself in such a situation, please schedule an individual appointment with a Case Manager to discuss other possible options and help you connect with resources that can help you through a difficult time.


Verifiable documentation may include:

  • Doctor's note on letterhead stating the day(s), duration and specific reason for an absence.

  • Online obituary stating the day and time of service and we must be able to verify the relationship to the deceased.

  • Jury Duty summons

  • Official Police Reports

  • Court summons





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