Class Absences

COVID Class Considerations

  • Students who have absences due to temporary or permanent disabilities or chronic health conditions should contact the Student Disability Center to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  • Students requesting online course arrangement that IS NOT based on an accommodation or extenuating circumstance
    should work with their advisor to find online classes that meet their degree requirements.
  • Those students diagnosed with COVID or with documented exposure to COVID, should contact our office for assistance in communicating your circumstances with instructors – (See below – Sometimes students miss class…).

Sometimes students miss class due to 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.

At CSU there is no “excused absence” policy for illness, injury, or other personal circumstances. As a courtesy to both students and faculty, the Student Case Management office developed a protocol to aid students in communicating legitimate and verifiable life circumstances. For absences unrelated to University-sanctioned activities and with verifiable documentation, a student may request notification be sent to their faculty. Instructor Notification does not excuse an absence from class and any considerations for class absences are at the discretion of the individual professor. As a courtesy to faculty and instructors, the Student Case Management office collects and verifies a student’s documentation of extenuating circumstances. Faculty and instructors may view the documentation in the Student Case Management office if it will aid in their decision to offer considerations to an individual student.

Within 3 business days of receipt of verifiable documentation, an Instructor Notification will be sent to the student to forward to faculty/instructors as necessary.  

Sometimes a student experiences extenuating circumstances that cannot be verified such as the death of a loved-one, 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 includes, but is not limited to:

  • Doctor’s note on letterhead stating the day(s), duration and specific reason for an absence.
  • Jury Duty summons
  • Official Police Reports
  • Court summons