Approved by the:
Student Senate - May 6, 2010
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required
* While the President fully supports and encourages student participation in governance and other leadership activities at the University, he cannot support missing class to do so, particularly when the class schedule is clearly identified at the beginning of each semester.
Resolution on the Policy on Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences - Student Senators
student activity in the governance structures of the University is both
essential to the process and valued,
student participation in both Student Senate and University Senate can be a
barrier to the fulfillment of academic duties,
faculty and subsidiary bodies of the University Senate not including Student
Senate are relieved of many burdens in opposition to their involvement,
reasons stated above, therefore be it decided that the Student Senate endorse
the following action;
administration shall formally recognize the University Senate and its subsidiary
bodies including all committees, task forces, working groups, and any subsequent
bodies incorporated as University Sponsored and Sanctioned including Student
administration shall formally recognize the Student Senate as a subsidiary body
of the University Senate in the following amendments to language in the Policy
on Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris,
Rochester (language to be added is
Work for Legitimate Absences: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris,
Students will not be penalized for absence during the semester due to
unavoidable or legitimate circumstances. Such circumstances include verified
illness, participation in intercollegiate athletic events,
University Senate, subpoenas,
jury duty, military service, bereavement, and religious observances. Such
circumstances also include activities sponsored by the University if identified
by the senior academic officer for the campus or his or her designee as the
basis for excused absences. Such circumstances do not include voting in local,
state, or national elections.
2. It is
the responsibility of students to plan their schedules to avoid excessive
conflict with course requirements.
student must notify instructors of circumstances identified in (1) as soon as
possible and provide documentation to the instructor to verify the reason for
the absence. In the event that the University declares a pandemic
emergency (e.g., flu), the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Provost or designee may waive the requirement that students are required to have
documentation from a physician for illness.
4. If a
student is absent due to circumstances identified in (1) and has complied with
the notification requirement, the instructor may not penalize the student and
must provide reasonable and timely accommodation or opportunity to make up exams
or other course requirements that have an impact on the course grade.
authority to determine what constitutes an excusable bereavement absence and
religious observance rests with the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
policy does not apply to final examinations.
Colleges and academic units may establish specific criteria for notice and
completion of work to implement this policy.
Senate shall be defined as all actively and directly reporting bodies designated
formally or through incorporation by constitution or bylaw. These bodies shall
include the Student Senate and it's committees and designated representatives to
affiliated University Committees.