Students are expected to attend class regularly to keep the quality and quantity of their work high. Absence from classes is regarded as serious. An excused absence can be allowed only by the instructor in charge of the class upon consideration of the evidence justifying the absence presented by the student. An excused absence merely gives the individual who missed the class an opportunity to make up the work and in no way excuses the student from the work required.
"Excusable" Reasons for Missing Class
It is strongly urged that instructors accept the following "excusable" reasons for allowing students to make up missed work:
- Illness with a doctor's statement
- Injury, illness, death, or any extenuating circumstances¹ of close relatives (to include but not limited to natural, adopted, and/or in-law children, parents, legal guardians, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren as well as spouses or partners)
- Active participation in university events (an instructor may require a statement from the adviser involved certifying that the student was actively participating in a recognized university event)
- Field trips
- Religious holidays
- Selective service and military reasons
- NCAA athletic competitions
- Instructionally Related Activities (IRA)/competitions
- Jury duty or any other legally required court appearances
- Job or internship interviews
Any student seeking to make up missed work pursuant to the above listed "excusable" reasons must inform the instructor of their intent in a timely manner.
¹ "Extenuating circumstances" can be defined as serious and exceptional factors outside the student's control which adversely affected the student's attendance during class time.
Academic Senate Resolution: AS-890-20 "Resolution on Class Attendance" (pdf). 10 March 2020.
Previous: AS-592-03/IC "Resolution on Class Attendance" (pdf), which also includes additions to the Campus Administrative Manual policy (485.02, July 1973).
- Campus Administrative Policy (CAP) superseded the Campus Administrative Manual (CAM) in 1999, and the current Campus Administrative Policy is located here: policy.calpoly.edu. Responsibility for the academic policies formerly contained in CAM was transferred to Academic Programs and Planning, whish posts these policies on its website. CAM is posted on the Academic Senate website for historical reference purposes only.
In the Catalog: This policy can also be found in the Cal Poly catalog here, which may include additional procedural considerations.