D170 - 1/8/19
Policy D170 has not been revised since its inception, and the Policy Committee was asked by the Committee on Governance and student leaders to conduct a comprehensive review of the policy, review policies from other institutions, and recommend changes to bring it up-to-date to reflect current practices, laws, and regulations. The proposed revision describes absences that normally qualify as excused absences, some of which are defined in federal laws and regulations that address military obligations, disability, pregnancy, and religious observations. The revised Policy also provides the process for reporting such absences and completing missed assignments and exams. The revised Policy places the authority to excuse an absence with the instructor, but also provides an avenue for a student to request reconsideration by the college or school dean.