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Absence Notification

When a student has missed or fallen behind in class for a documented medical, mental health or personal emergency, the Dean of Students Office may notify faculty. Students must submit an absence notification/request for flexibility form along with supporting documentation.

Absences may not exceed five days per incident, and documentation must be submitted within two weeks of the absence. Requests submitted after the term has ended will not be processed.

Documentation is required with your application. Please note your documentation must include or reference the specific dates you were absent and/or seeking flexibility. If you do not have documentation please reach out to our office at 773-325-7290 to speak with a staff member.

Absence notifications and requests for flexibility may be submitted for the following reasons:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Mental health emergencies and concerns
  • Personal crises
  • Military Orders
Absence notification requests should NOT be submitted for the following reasons:
  • Travel issues
  • Weather-related delays
  • Jobs/internships
  • Court appearances
  • Pet related issues
In these cases, students should speak directly with their faculty.

Click here to submit your absence notification/request for flexibility form online.

The absence notification does not mean the student is excused from course material, assignments or exams. It is ultimately up to each professor to decide what, if any, accommodation can be provided in light of this absence. It is the student's responsibility to follow up with the faculty member to inquire about such accommodations. The absence notification process is a service provided by the Dean of Students Office and is not a requirement when students miss or fall behind in courses.

For any additional questions or concerns please contact deanofstudents@depaul.edu.