By registering for this course you have entered into an implicit contract. One of the obligations of this contract is to participate in all course activities at their scheduled times. However, circumstances sometimes make this impossible. This note is written to give you an idea of possible circumstances, what to do in case of an unavoidable event, and how to avoid a lowering of your grade in such a case. It will not be possible to give make-ups to accommodate travel plans.
This is intended to cover activities scheduled for the entire course. For activities such as quizzes that are specific to one section your instructor will have policies for that section.
By Official University Regulations, you should go to the Registrar's Office for a statement of conflict. The Registrar will determine which course has precedence. You should then give this form to the instructor of the course which is required to give a make-up.
Two weeks notice is required; failure to complete this procedure in timely fashion may result in a ZERO on the examination.
For these you must submit a statement from a medical professional. It is your right not to disclose any details, but we must be assured that you are medically incapable of performing the activity for which you are requesting a make-up; a statement from a medical professional to this effect will suffice. If advance notice is possible and not given your instructor may refuse your request.
Notify the Dean of Students (5-2684), who will then centrally verify the details and notify each of your instructors. This is more efficient than going to each instructor separately and verifying your reason.
State Law and University regulations require that a student be excused from academic pursuits on days of religious observances. The University provides a list of major observances, of which there are none on the days of the tests. The regulations also require that the student notify instructors, in writing, at the beginning of the semester or the student may not be excused. While these holidays do not seem to conflict with any course activities, they may conflict with activities that your instructor has planned for an individual section. The deadline for notification is Monday, 9 February 2004.
It is impossible to anticipate all of the possible things that can occur. Contact your instructor and explain the problem. (You should provide a written statement.) Your instructor will evaluate the reasons that you have given and come to a decision.
To contact your instructor to give prior notice of an absence you may use one of the following methods:
Many of these methods do not require any physical effort but if the method you select does and you are unable to do this, ask a friend. The excuse that it was impossible to find your instructor will not be accepted. Your instructor will make the final determination of the validity of the reason for missing an activity, as well as the time and location of the make-up if it is warranted. It is important for you and your instructor to be in touch with each other, since there will no make-ups for the scheduled make-ups.