Military Excused Absence Policy
Enrolled students who are members of the United States Armed Forces (including the National Guard, Reserves or Active Duty) or spouses, domestic partners, or dependents of members of the United States Armed Forces, who are unable to attend class for less than 30 days within the term due to a military obligation, will be afforded the opportunity to complete class requirements.
- If the dates of the military obligation are known in advance, the student is responsible for notifying their instructor within 10 days of receipt of orders and prior to missing classes, assignments, or examinations. If the dates are not known in advance, the student is responsible for notifying their instructor as soon as practicable after the missed classes, assignments, or examinations.
- The instructor will provide the qualifying student with opportunities to complete class requirements with reasonable due dates accounting for the excused absence.
- The instructor may request review of the military orders by the Dean of Students or designee to determine their validity and to consult on recommended reasonable due dates.
- If the student and instructor are unable to come to a mutually satisfactory agreement concerning revised due dates, the Dean of Students or designee will work with the faculty member to make a final determination of adjusted due dates.
- Coursework that was to be completed during the absence will not incur a reduced grade penalty when submitted by the agreed upon deadline.
- The instructor may award an Incomplete (I) Grade if the excused absence is near the end of the class and the student has completed all but a small portion of the coursework in accordance with the Incomplete Grade policy.
For information on active duty status lasting longer than 30 days, please see the Military Leave of Absence.
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