2:041 University Excused Absences for Students
|Austin Peay State
|University Excused Absences for Students
It is the policy of APSU to establish university approval for excused absences for students.
The purpose of university excused absences is to permit students who participate in an institutionally scheduled activity to obtain an excused absence for class absences during the scheduled activity.
When students are scheduled to participate in an institutionally scheduled activity (for instance, athletic activity, band, or military event), class absences that fall during the sanctioned time (this time may include travel) shall be considered as excused absences. Although the students are excused from attending class, the students have the responsibility to check with the instructor to find out what work was missed. Staff members shall make reasonable arrangements for students to make up assignments, quizzes and tests missed during the excused absence. These make-up activities shall be comparable to the missed assignment, quiz or test and shall not be graded for reduced credit or treated as a dropped grade.
The athletic director shall determine whether a particular athletic-related activity qualifies as a university-excused absence. The Academic Department Chair shall determine whether a particular academic-related activity or career-related activity qualifies as a university-excused absence. The Dean of Students shall determine whether a particular student affairs-related activity qualifies as a university-excused absence. If a faculty member desires to have a class-related activity designated as a university-excused absence, s/he must request prior approval from his/her department Chair. Additionally, Department Chairs must request prior approval from the appropriate Dean. Once an activity has been granted excused status by an academic dean, the Athletic Director or the Dean of Students (as may be appropriate), the excused absence policy will take effect.
When dual-enrolled high school students are scheduled to participate in a school or district sanctioned activity, class absences that fall during the sanctioned time shall be considered as excused absences. Students must submit upon return to class documentation from the school principal or district representative that the absence was excused and the reason for the absence. This documentation should be written on the school or district letterhead and include the date and time of the activity in which the student participated. Although the students are excused from attending class, the students are responsible for the work missed. Students must be given the opportunity to make up assignments, quizzes, and tests that occurred during the excused absence and late assignments will not result in reduced credit or treated as a dropped grade.
APSU Policy 2:041 – Rev.: December 11, 2019
APSU Policy 2:041 (previously 3:034) – Rev.: April 20, 2017
APSU Policy 2:041 – Rev.: December 20, 2010
APSU Policy 2:041 – Issued: January 24, 2007
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