Approved by: Academic Senate
History: Issued              -- May 10, 1999
Revised            -- September 16, 2021
Last Reviewed -- September 16, 2021
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Responsible Official: Provost tel. (202) 319-5244


I.  Policy


Students who represent the University in intercollegiate competitive events or in artistic performances at which their presence is requested by a University official are entitled to excused absences from classes missed.

Students who are members of the Department of Defense as military personnel (defined as Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve component service members) are entitled to excused absences from classes missed with the production of military orders or a unit battle assembly/drill schedule. For clarifying questions on military duty assignments, faculty are encouraged to consult the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services.

A student entitled to an excused absence must obtain a letter from the requesting University or Military official and must inform the professors in advance of any classes to be missed. The student is responsible for any missed work. In turn, professors must make arrangements to accommodate reasonable requests of excused absences for opportunity to make up the work missed.

In courses in which the evaluation of the student's work includes an attendance and participation requirement that specifies a maximum allowable number of missed classes during the semester, students are not entitled to excused absences beyond the total allowed for all students.