Absences

Because Dartmouth students invariably pursue a rich and diverse range of activities, faculty members are often confronted with student activities that conflict with class time and/or outside-of-class requirements.

Faculty Responsibilities

No instructor is required to excuse absences during either regularly scheduled class time or required x-hours. The ORC (Section 4 of Working Rules and Procedures) emphasizes this point with regard to College-sponsored or College-recognized extracurricular activities:

Regular class attendance is expected of all students. Though academic schedules may sometimes conflict with College-sponsored or College-recognized extracurricular events, there are no excused absences for participants in such activities. Students who participate in athletics, debates, concerts, or other activities should check their calendars to see that these events do not conflict with their academic schedules. Should such conflicts occur or be anticipated, each student is responsible for discussing the matter with his or her instructor at the beginning of the appropriate term. Instructors may be accommodating if approached well in advance of the critical date.

Such accommodations can be made only when the conflict occurs because of a scheduled College-sponsored or College-recognized event. No participant should expect to be excused in order to attend a team meeting or orientation session, practice session, meal, or other such activity.

No College-sponsored or College-recognized regular-season event may be scheduled during Pre-examination Break or a Final Examination Period.

Religious Accommodations

Faculty members should also be aware that students may wish to participate in religious observances during the academic term. You may wish to consult a list of religious holidays to identify potential conflicts and put in place policies to resolve them.

The COP reviewed and recommended the following language for adoption on course syllabi:

Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with me before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.