The Office of Student Development writes letters for students who are absent from classes for three days or more due to personal medical issues, personal or family emergencies, or a death in a student’s immediate family. Proper documentation is required and includes letters, notes or discharge papers from the Student Health Center, physicians, or hospitals; obituaries; or other official documents. Students can direct their questions regarding acceptable documentation to the Office of Student Development.
The absence letters do not excuse students from class nor guarantee the opportunity to complete any missed assignments or tests; the letters serve as a notification to the faculty members that the student has a legitimate reason for the absence and it has been documented in the Office of Student Development. Absence letters are sent to faculty via email and the student receives a copy as well.
To request an absence letter, please fill out the absence request form
and return it to the Office of Student Development via fax (703-524-8763), email email@example.com
, or in person.