**REQUESTS FOR UNIVERSITY APPROVED ABSENCES SUBMITTED AFTER THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES WILL NOT BE APPROVED**
Under the Class Attendance Policy a student can request an absence be University approved by the Office of the Dean of Students for a significant health condition and/or personal/family emergency.
Documentation is typically required for a request to be evaluated. Documentation may include a letter from a treatment provider indicating absences were medically necessary, hospital discharge paperwork (health information should be redacted), an obituary or program from memorial services, or other applicable documentation, a patient bracelet, dated/named hospital visitor badge, legal documents, etc. If no documentation is available to verify the situation, students may be required to meet with an Office of the Dean of Students staff member for the request to be evaluated.
The Office of the Dean of Students does not subjectively evaluate medical diagnoses, or non-specific documentation, so the provision of appointment times and doctors notes that do not state absences were medically necessary, will not be accepted as verification in the evaluation of a request for University approved absences.
Requests for University approved absences must be made within a reasonable time-frame related to the absence. Once you are able to return to classes, a request with supporting documentation should be submitted immediately. The Office of the Dean of Students will not approve retroactive absences if a request is not made in a timely manner.