When a student must miss class due to a personal or medical circumstance, the Dean of Students Office sends faculty an email notifying them of the absence. The student must then follow up with each faculty member to complete any academic work that was missed. Absences can only be excused if sufficient documentation is provided (i.e. doctor note, obituary).
UW Oshkosh Attendance Policy
While attendance and punctuality are under the control of each instructor, students are expected to be present for each regularly scheduled class session. Students are directly responsible to each of their instructors for attendance.
Instructors may initiate their own policy regarding attendance and are expected to announce their policy to each class, but it is the responsibility of the student to know the policies of the instructor.
There are certain activities beyond the classroom, that may, with University approval, be considered as field trips which are all-university in nature, e.g. athletics, debate trips, and certain music trips. Students are excused from class for all-university type events and circumstances beyond the student‘s control such as extended illness, medical emergency, and family emergency. Students may not be penalized for these excused absences as long as appropriate documentation is provided to the instructor in a timely manner.
In all cases of absence, excused or otherwise, the student is responsible for completing missed work. The instructor is not required to do extra teaching unless so assigned.
If a student will be absent from class for emergencies, medical reasons or exceptional personal reasons, the student is responsible, if capable of doing so, for contacting instructors individually or through their departments. If the student, family member, or friend is not able to contact instructors or the student will be absent more than three (3) class days, the Dean of Students office may be asked to send notification of the absence as reported to staff.
For more information regarding attendance, refer to GEN 4.B.5, GEN 4.B.9, and GEN 4.B.10 in the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook, which is available in the Office of the Provost, D335.
Request an out-of class letter