Sometimes students miss class due to extenuating circumstances...



There is no "excused absence" for illness, injury, or other personal circumstances. As a courtesy to both students and faculty, the Student Case Management office may send an Instructor Notification in the event of extenuating circumstances.


Instructors and departments are responsible for establishing attendance policies for classes and examinations. These policies must accommodate student participation in University-sanctioned extracurricular/co-curricular activities. Please see the 2017/2018 University General Catalog for additional information:


With verifiable documentation, the student may request notification be sent to their faculty. Instructor Notification does not excuse an absence from class and any considerations are at the discretion of the individual professor. Instructors may view documentation in the Student Case Management office if it will aid in their decision to offer considerations to an individual student.  After receipt of verifiable documentation, an Instructor Notification may be sent within 3 business days.


Students who have absences due to temporary or permanent disabilities or chronic health conditions should contact the Student Disability Center to discuss accommodations.


Sometimes a student experiences extenuating circumstances that cannot be verified such as the death of a friend, financial circumstances, employment responsibilities, and many other situations. We do not doubt the impact such situations have on a student and their academics. Regrettably, we cannot provide an Instructor Notification for circumstances that we cannot verify.


Verifiable documentation may include:

  • Doctor's note on letterhead stating the day(s), duration and specific reason for an absence.

  • Online obituary stating the day and time of service and we must be able to verify the relationship to the deceased.

  • Jury Duty summons

  • Official Police Reports

  • Court summons





Concerned about a CSU student or employee? Tell Someone.

You will be redirected to the

Support & Safety Assessment office.