What to do if you’ll be absent from class
Class attendance should be a priority for all students. Even in courses where attendance is not formally taken or factored into the course grade, you should be careful not to interpret that as attendance being “optional.” Missing class deprives you of many valuable learning opportunities, and watching lectures on MediaVision or getting notes from a classmate is no substitute.
Of course, there may be occasions when illness, personal or family emergencies, religious observances with work restrictions, or other extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending class. Your contacts in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (including your residential college director and Dean Mason) are here to help you navigate these situations.
It is important to understand your obligations as a student for informing your faculty, providing documentation that confirms the reason for your absence (when appropriate), and making up missed work (within the guidelines of course policies) or otherwise staying current with course content.
Here are some important tips and steps to follow when you must be absent from class:
Regarding religious observances, university policy states “Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his or her religious beliefs is excused from any such activity. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the examination or work that is missed, provided the make-up work does not create any unreasonable burden upon the university. When possible, students should give notice to instructors early in the semester about missing classes because of religious observance.”
Regarding excused absences, the University Health Service and the Office of Undergraduate Studies do not provide medical excuses for class absence. UHS may provide documentation of medical care and Undergraduate Studies may report on documentation, but what qualifies as an “excused” absence is determined by course policy.