Oregon State University

About Student Absences

Frequently asked questions about student absences:

OSU does not have a policy for excused absences from class. The academic regulation that governs attendance is Academic Regulation 14, Attendance:

"Attendance is one of the most important factors in a student's academic success. Therefore, an instructor may consider attendance in arriving at a student's grade. While attendance should not be the primary factor in determining a student's academic accomplishment in a course, it may be used as a partial measure of performance."


What you should know about student absences:

 

  • The Dean of Student Life does not excuse student absences.
  • Students are responsible for notifying instructors promptly about an absence.
  • Instructors will make the decision whether to excuse an absence.
  • Whether the absence is excused or unexcused, the student is responsible for making up all work that is missed.
  • To protect confidentiality of student health records, Student Health Services does not provide written excuses to explain a student's absence from class. For more information, refer to Student Health Services' medical excuse policy.
  • A written excuse from a doctor does not obligate an instructor to excuse an absence; university policy states that individual instructors will determine whether an absence will be excused.
  • In the event of widespread illness, the University's absence policy will not change but the University will release recommendations to encourage instructors to be as flexible as possible when working with students who are ill to ensure that their academic progress will not be unduly compromised.
  • Students who have family emergencies are responsible for notifying instructors of the situation. Instructors will make the decision whether to excuse an absence based on the information provided. Whether the absence is excused or unexcused, the student is responsible for making up all work that is missed.
  • When a student is incapacitated a family member may request assistance with notification from the Office of the Dean of Student Life.
  • Questions regarding students called to active military duty should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Student Jury Duty Service
  • Students seeking religious accommodations for certain class absences may contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 526 Kerr Administration Building, Phone: 541-737-3556, Email: Office of Inclusion and Equity

Contact Info

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