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 Wellness Center

The Emmons 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.

Extended Absences

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.

Severe Illness

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.

Extenuating Circumstances

In the case of a personal emergency or extenuating circumstance that might interfere with a student's ability to attend or perform in class(es), students are highly encouraged to contact the Dean of Students office. Office administrators can help students receive the appropriate support from on- or off-campus professionals. The Dean of Students Office reviews these situations on a case-by-case basis, and may require documentation or evidence of the situation to help facilitate the decision-making process.

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.


For concerns of gender or sex discrimination or harassment (including discrimination or harassment on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions), please refer to the Sexual Misconduct Policy or contact:

Alexandra Fulcher

Title IX Coordinator



Last updated July, 2021