Students may have extenuating circumstances that make it impossible for them to attend all class sessions. These absences may be an exception to the class attendance policy set by the instructor. They include military orders, court-imposed legal obligations, religious observances, extended illness, participation in university, college or unit sponsored activities, and obligations to represent the university.
The student should provide a document to the instructor detailing the circumstances for missing the classes and dates on which the classes will be missed:
- Two weeks prior to the start of the semester, but no later than the first day of class for students who have registered for a course prior to the start of the semester, or
- Before the end of the semester's deadline for changing courses for students who have added a course after the start of the semester, or
- Immediately after the student knows of the need to miss class because of one of these extenuating circumstances.
- If a student has documented extenuating circumstances, the instructor has the discretion to determine what course work is available for make-up for credit. If certain work is not available, the student will be held harmless. The instructor does not have the discretion to count the absence against the student.