Approved by the: Student Senate - May 6, 2010
Administration - December 2, 2010 (as amended)
Board of Regents - no action required

Resolution on the Policy on Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences - Sickness of Minor Dependents

WHEREAS, Undergraduate, graduate, and professional student parents have minor dependants; and

WHEREAS, the University has a policy describing circumstances that would be considered as legitimate absences[1]. Under these circumstances, a student will not be penalized for absences and will be offered makeup work; and

WHEREAS, taking care of the medical needs of minor dependents is not listed as a legitimate absence; and

WHEREAS, student parents who need to be absent from classes to take care of the medical needs of their minor dependents are penalized for such absence; and

WHEREAS, in some instances taking your minor dependant to the doctor is unnecessary however, daycare providers will not provide care per Minnesota state statutes; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Student Senate urges the University to include “sickness of minor dependents” into the Policy on Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences, requiring documentation from a doctor, daycare, or school to excuse a student parent with minor dependants from class.



[1] Administrative Policy-Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences http://www.policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Education/MAKEUPWORK.html

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