Student Emergencies

Missing class due to unavoidable circumstances:

If you are going to miss class due to unavoidable circumstances, you should contact your instructors immediately to notify them of the situation. Keep in mind that instructors are the only ones who can determine how absences affect grades. The AAAC has no authority over your instructors’ absence policies.

The AAAC cannot advocate for you retroactively so begin communicating with your instructors as soon as you know you have an emergency and cannot attend class. The AAAC can write to your instructors on your behalf if a significant emergency has occurred and you will miss 3 or more days of classes or if you are out of town and unable to contact instructors. 

The AAAC does not document or verify your reasons for absence nor does our notification constitute an excused absence. Instructors have the right to seek additional information directly from students; you have the right to choose self-advocacy and self-disclosure.

In very rare and highly sensitive cases, the AAAC may communicate, at your request, the severity and/or sensitivity of the case as clearly as possible.

Dropping classes for medical/personal reasons:

To begin the withdrawal process, visit the Office of the University Registrar’s withdraw page to determine if you will need to drop your classes through Enroll and Pay, or if you will need to obtain official drop forms from your college to take to your instructors. You may fill out a fee petition to request a refund for your classes if you are withdrawing for medical purposes.


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