Valid Reasons for Absence
These policies on absences are issued by the Provost of SMU.
- Religious Observance: Religiously observant students wishing to be
absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in
writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in
advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence.
(See University Policy No. 1.9.)
- Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities: Students
participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular
activity will be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other
graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the
responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior
to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the
work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)
- Medically Excused Absences:
We never like having any of our students become ill, but it happens.
If it does happen, please read the
on absences due to illness. Use the form (you can download it).
If you see an off-campus physician and have something from them, bring it.
We'll work out a way to deal with missed work.
Unexcused absence means missing a class without an acceptable reason.
We have 25 regular class meetings, 12 labs and 4 tests (including makeup)
during the term. You get 6 unexcused absences for the term. That's being
generous (other departments give you 3!). Six is one fourth of the classes.
Experience shows that those who miss a lot of classes do not do well.
What happens on the seventh unexcused absence depends on whether we have
passed final drop deadline. If not, I will drop you; if so, a grade of F
will be assigned. Use those absences wisely.