Attendance Concerns

As an IU student, it is your responsibility to attend all your classes and submit your assignments according to the syllabus provided at the beginning of each course.

Indiana University gives each faculty member/instructor the flexibility to determine their own attendance policy which will be listed in the course syllabus. Generally, faculty will allow for a certain number of missed classes.

Missing class should occur only in situations such as:

  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Sickness (such as the flu)
  • Attending family events

If you have a concern about the need to miss class or an assignment, you should discuss this concern with your instructor as soon as possible.

Policies Related to Student Absences

  • Missed Class/Exam Policy for Religious and Civic Observances

    Instructors must reasonably accommodate students who want to observe their religious holidays at times when academic requirements conflict with those observances. Students must notify faculty/instructor as early in the semester as possible of any conflicts with the course and their religious and civic observances.

  • Missed Class/Exam Policy for University-Approved Activities

    Each academic year, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students provides faculty with a recommendation to allow students who miss class time due to “university-sanctioned curricular and extracurricular activities” a reasonable opportunity to submit missed assignments and take missed exams at another time without penalty.

    University-sanctioned curricular and extracurricular activities are considered to be travel to and performance in performance concerts, artistic presentation, athletics events, speech team competition, and participation in workshops and conferences.

    It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor (in writing or e-mail) in advance of the missed class or classes so that arrangements can be made. Notification must occur at least two weeks in advance of the absence. The student will be responsible for any material missed and for providing all necessary documentation for the excuse.

    The ultimate responsibility for the integrity of the instruction, evaluation of student assignments, and determination of course grade rest with the faculty with who the arrangement were made.

Hospitalizations and Emergencies

Absence due to Hospitalization or Emergency Family Concerns
  • If your absence is the result of hospitalization or an emergency family concern, contact the Dean of Students Office for an attendance memo as soon as possible.
  • The Dean of Students Office will verify documentation related to your absence, contact your instructors regarding the issue, and provide support to you during the time of crisis.
  • The Dean of Students Office may not be able to provide a memo if you do not make contact for support within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Remember, it is still your responsibility as a student to be in contact with your professors when you are able to return.  Ultimately, it is up to you and your faculty member to negotiate any course adjustments. If adjustments cannot be made, you may need to withdraw from a course.
Absence as a Result of Threats to Your Personal Safety or Security
  • If your absence is the result of threats to your personal safety or security, please contact our Confidential Victim Advocate at or by phone at 812-856-2469. Remember, if you are in immediate danger contact the police by dialing 911.
Absences due to Chronic Medical Concerns

Extended or Prolonged Absences

Sometimes catching up is not an option.

If you miss more than 20% of the semester for medical or personal reasons, it may be best to consider withdrawing from all course work until such time as you are able to return and focus on your academic goals.

Withdrawing from all classes will terminate current enrollment at Indiana University. Terminating your enrollment may have consequences on your:

  • Academic progress
  • Financial aid or scholarship eligibility
  • Residential Programs and Services housing and dining contracts
  • Other areas related to your student status

For this reason, Indiana University requires you to meet with an appropriate advisor to initiate the withdrawal from all subjects process.