Class Attendance


Student-athletes are encouraged to schedule classes so as to minimize conflicts with practice and competition.

  • Student-athletes must make it their priority to register, where possible, for classes in patterns that do not conflict with their published athletic schedules.
  • Regular and punctual attendance is an essential part of the educational program. Since it is possible that student-athletes might be absent from class because of scheduled or unscheduled athletic events, it is critical that they make every reasonable effort to avoid any other absences. While some faculty members might allow for a limited number of absences as part of their attendance policy, absences due to participation in athletic events are not to be viewed by student-athletes as additions to the number of absences permitted by the faculty member.
  • During the first week of classes, instructors will be provided with a list of in-season student-athletes enrolled in their courses.
  • Recognizing that the University must address the need to enable student-athletes to participate in scheduled and unscheduled athletic competition, adjustments must be made to enable student-athletes to fulfill their academic responsibilities. Therefore, when student-athletes have a scheduled competition that conflicts with a class, they will obtain any assignment(s) given during that class from the professor. In the event that student-athletes will miss an assessment, i.e., quiz, test, presentation or exam, student-athletes must meet with the faculty member prior to the event to arrange for possible alternative evaluations developed with the instructor.
  • Student-athletes will be responsible for providing their instructors with written confirmation of their participation in scheduled athletics events at the start of each semester. In the case of rescheduled or playoff events, instructors will be contacted by e-mail in order to facilitate notification in as timely a manner as feasible. The standard procedure for instructor notification is as follows:

a. Student-athlete meets with the instructor with letter and schedule in hand.
b. Instructor completes the required form(s) and signs and dates two copies of the schedule.
c. Instructor retains one copy for his or her records.
d. Student-athlete hand-delivers second copy to the Athletic Department.

  • The Athletic Department Administration will establish the departure times for all athletic contests.
  • To mitigate against abuse of this policy by student-athletes through intentional misrepresentation of the facts, a violation will be considered an infraction of the Academic Integrity Policy, as published in the Undergraduate Catalog.


A standardized absence form will be prepared by the Director of Advisement from the Center for Student Success.

The Missed Class Policy requires the student athletes to submit their missed classes notices within the first two weeks of the semester. Failure to submit the Missed Class Notices within that time frame allows professors to not accept the excuse notice, and prevents the student athlete from competing.

  • Review with the professor the dates and the number of classes that will be missed because of competition.
  • Discuss these absences in conjunction with the professor’s attendance policy and exam schedule as stated in the course syllabus.
  • DO NOT miss class for any reason other than competition.
  • Remind your professor the class before a game if you will be missing his/her next class.
  • Make up all work; copy all notes and obtain missed handouts in a timely fashion.
  • Keep the professor apprised of any changes.