Class Absence Due to Illness or Extenuating Circumstances
Students are responsible for knowing the following:
Students are responsible for notifying their professors and the Dean of Students Office of their absence due to an extenuating circumstance or illness prior to the missed class.
Students who allegedly abuse this policy by falsely claiming to be ill or have an extenuating circumstance will be documented and will participate in the student conduct process.
Missed Classes and Assignments
Instructors will address class absences on a case-by-case basis. Professors have final approval on excusing an absence or allowing students to make up missed work within a given time frame. Students who miss class for any reason will be responsible for contacting the instructor and confirming arrangements to make up missed assignments, if granted by the instructor.
Illnesses Treated at the Emmons Student Wellness Center
The Emmons Student Wellness Center does not provide medical notes to excuse students for missed classes due to illness. The Health Center strongly encourages students to maintain contact with their professors throughout the semester and communicate with them directly when ill or at the onset of illness.
All medical and mental health services provided at the Health Center are private and confidential. The Health Center cannot legally provide medical or mental health information to anyone (parents or professors) without the student's written consent.
Students who miss a substantial number of class meetings may wish to consider dropping or withdrawing from the course. They should discuss their options with their professor, and they are encouraged to consult with their medical provider on how the added stress of making up assignments will impact their recovery.
The Dean of Students Office will inform the professors of the student's absence only in the case of severe illness. An example of this status is a health condition that results in hospitalization. The Dean of Students Office strongly encourages students to get a note from the medical provider with recommendations about time away from class in order for the office to make the appropriate academic arrangements for the student. The correspondence from the Dean's Office to the professor(s) will verify that the student was absent for personal reasons and suggest that they be flexible with the student's missed assignments. Decisions with respect to allowing flexibility for missed or incomplete student coursework are made at the discretion of the professor.
The Dean of Students Office highly encourages students to contact the Office in the event of a personal emergency or extenuating circumstance. Dean of Students administrators can help students receive the appropriate support from on- and/or off-campus professionals. Should a student need to miss class for such an incident, he or she must inform the Dean of Students Office of the circumstance in a timely manner. The Dean of Students Office may require the student to provide evidence of the situation. For instance, students may be required to provide a copy of an obituary or jury duty statement. The Dean of Students Office determines whether or not to advocate on a student's behalf on a case-by-case basis. Instances when the Office may refuse to advocate for a student include situations where the student does not provide adequate documentation or the request is not timely.
Students Who are Pregnant or Who are Parents
Students who are pregnant and need to miss class due to medical appointments or related conditions are encouraged to disclose this information to the Dean of Students Office. The Office may request that students who miss class for an extended period of time to submit a doctor’s note documenting the number of days the student is advised to miss. Students who have children who are ill and need to miss class to take care of them are encouraged to provide a doctor’s note to the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will work to support these students so that they may complete their academic requirements.
Last updated August 22, 2013
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