The University’s Operations Manual defines excused and reported absences. You must allow work and exams to be made up if a student misses class because of an excused absence. Excused absences include absences due to participation in a school-sanctioned athletic or other event for which the student has provided prior notice of event dates.

Large-scale tragedies or unexpected events can affect many students and their instructors. Research has shown that students appreciate instructors who acknowledge the event and provide an opportunity to discuss the event and its impact during class time. Such consideration by instructors reinforces the shared sense of community among students. Whether during the current class session or the next session, turning back to the course work at hand after thoughtful discussion can provide a welcome return to normal routine.