Many students encounter situations that are unexpected and may interrupt their ability to attend classes. Whether it is a severe illness, hospitalization, death in the family, or other critical incident, in most cases, students plan to resume class attendance as soon as they are able. In these situations, the Dean of Students Office, when requested and as a courtesy to a student, can send a notification to course instructors making them aware of a student’s absence.
To request a class absence notification, students or family members can contact the Dean of Students Office during regular business hours. The Dean of Students Office does not require documentation be provided, but an instructor might. Depending on the nature of the absence, Dean of Students Office may also follow-up with a student for on-going support.
It is important to note that course instructors make the ultimate decision regarding excusing absences in their classes. Students are advised by the Dean of Students Office to consult their course syllabus and contact their individual instructor (beforehand or upon return) to obtain information on how absences will be handled for each class or to discuss the possibility for make up work.