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Reporting an Illness or Absence

If a student will be away from class because of illness or other personal matter, instructors should be informed as soon as possible. To help facilitate initial communication between students and instructors, the College provides an Illness and Absence Reporting Form.

When a student submits a report of illness/absence, the College will notify their instructors and advisors regarding the date they began to miss classes. It is the College’s expectation that students, as soon as they are able, will contact each of their instructors to learn more about their attendance policies, if opportunities for making up missed work exist, and how to stay on track in the course. Individual instructors may require documentation of the absence. 

NOTE: For the 2022-2023 academic year, the Reporting Form will continue to offer reporting options in order to better support students who may be ill or isolating for reasons related to COVID-19. 

General Illness: Experiencing an illness (unrelated to COVID-19) that is impacting your ability to fully participate in a course.

COVID-19: Experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 and expect an impact on your ability to fully participate in a course.

Injury/Surgery: Experiencing an injury or surgery that is expected to impact your ability to fully participate in a course.

Death in Family/Close Friend: Experiencing a loss that is expected to impact your ability to fully participate in a course.

Other: A personal situation that is expected to impact your ability to fully participate in a course. 


How to use the form:

  1. Log-in using your UM credentials

  2. Select the reporting option that most closely resembles your situation

  3. Select the date you were first unable to attend classes

  4. Select the date you expect to return to class (Optional)

  5. Share any additional information about your ability to attend class or complete coursework (Optional)

  6. Submit the form

What to expect after submitting the form:

After submitting the form, an email will be automatically sent to your instructors and academic advisor with the details you provided in the form. An email will be sent to you as well, confirming the report and providing additional information on what you need to do next. This information will also be retained in your advising file to assist with follow-up and support. 

As soon as you are able, you will need to contact each of your instructors (including any not listed here) regarding staying on track in the course, and your options for making up missed work. While this notification does not constitute an excused absence, we encourage you to talk with your instructors individually to find out what documentation (if any) they may need from you based on their individual course policies. We also encourage you to keep in touch with your academic advisor, especially if you have additional academic concerns.

Providing Documentation for Absences

If the student’s absence due to illness or unanticipated circumstances causes the student to miss an assignment, an exam, or any other required work for the class affecting the course grade, the instructor has the right to require additional documentation verifying the cause of absence. If the instructor excuses the absence, the options available to make up that missed work may be limited and will be determined by the instructor within the limits of the course.

Students are held to the expectations outlined in the LSA Community Standards of Academic Integrity when seeking any accommodation due to absence.

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