FAR Resources



Here is the official UMD policy (http://www.d.umn.edu/vcaa/ExcusedAbsence.html)

Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings.  It is the responsibility of students to plan their schedules to avoid excessive conflict with course requirements. However, there are circumstances that lead to excused student absence from the classroom.
1. Students may not be penalized when legitimate and verifiable circumstances lead to their absence from attending class or taking a final exam in a credit bearing course.  These are subpoenas, jury duty, military duty, religious observances, illness [1], and bereavement for immediate family.
2. NCAA varsity intercollegiate athletics are also considered legitimate and verifiable circumstances for excused absences.  Student athletes must provide instructors the team schedule during the first week of the semester.
3. A student must notify instructors of circumstances identified above prior to the expected absence or as soon as the circumstance leading to the absence from class is known.  Students must also provide written documentation to verify the reason for the absence.
4. If conditions in (1) or (2) and (3) are met, instructors shall work with the affected student so that he/she can make up required course assignments, complete an alternative assignment, or have the missed assignment excused.  This accommodation should be implemented in a reasonable and timely manner.
In addition, there are other circumstances not mentioned above that lead to absence from class. These requested absences may be excused at the instructor’s discretion; students must provide written documentation to verify the reason for the absence.

Appeals Process:  The first step of any resolution should be between the parties involved. Department head involvement may be requested to assist in finding a resolution. If satisfactory resolution can not be found at this level, an appeal can be made first to the Collegiate Dean and then to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.
[1] This includes illness of dependents in the student’s care.


Student Athlete Tutor Resources

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SA Issues I will work on and which I will not

As FAR, I will work with student athletes (SA) if it is an athletic issue.  Otherwise, the SA needs to work with others (academic advisor, financial aid, etc.) to resolve issues, so there is never a perception that SA are somehow getting privileged attention just because they are SAs.


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Three questions I’ll ask if you need help working with a professor:

1.  Did the SA fulfill his/her obligations early on, and give the professor the letter stating which classes will be missed, and try to work out accommodations?

2.  Is all of the SA work up-to-date with the class?  Are all assignments, and projects turned in?  Are there non-athlete related absences and tardiness?

3.  Have there been attempts to communicate with the professor and keep each other updated on any changes in athletic events?


Concerned about Something You See Regarding Athletics at UMD?

Have questions or concerns about something you see regarding student athletes or the athletic program?  If so, I encourage you to take action.  You may first want to contact our Athletic Director, Josh Berlo (jberlo@d.umn.edu), who can probably answer most of your questions.  If you want to speak to our compliance expert at UMD, then contact Abbey Strong (alstrong@d.umn.edu).  Of course you can also reach out directly to me.  Finally, if you have concerns you do have the opportunity to file an anonymous complaint:



Title 9 resources at UMD: https://diversity.umn.edu/eoaa/titleix


Final exam conflicts (policies):




Agreement for Completion of Work Due to Student Athlete Being Gone for An Extended Period of Time

Grading Policies at UMD


Student Academic Complaints (and Resolutions) UMD policies on this

Postgraduate Scholarship scoring sheet