FAR Resources



Here is the official UMD policy:


Effective: January 3, 2011
Last Updated: Approved by EPC April 28, 2010; amended and approved by Campus Assembly on November 9, 2010, amended and approved by TLC 11-15-17; approved by EVCAA 1-24-18
Policy Owner: Academic Affairs

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. These are:

2. Voting in a regional, state, or national election is not an unavoidable or legitimate absence.

3. Instructors are expected to accommodate students who wish to participate in party caucuses, pursuant to Board of Regents resolution (see December 2005 Board of Regents Minutes, p. 147.)

4. 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.

Notification, Verification Of Absences, And Make-Up Work

5. Students must notify their instructors of circumstances identified in (1) or other circumstances leading to a request for makeup work as soon as possible and provide information to explain the absence. Some situations will be sufficiently urgent that arrangements for makeup work cannot be made prior to the date of an absence. In such cases, arrangements should be made as soon as possible following the student’s return.

6. The instructor has the right to request, and the student must provide if requested, verification for absences.

7. The instructor may not penalize the student and must provide reasonable and timely accommodation or opportunity to make up missed work, including exams or other course requirements that have an impact on the course grade if the student:

 8. Instructors are not obligated to accommodate a student who has missed so much of the critical components of a course, even for legitimate reasons, that arrangements for makeup work would not be reasonable.

Instructors should take all factors into consideration when determining whether to grant an excused absence and how to make arrangements for makeup work that has an impact on the course grade. If a student has missed a component of the course that cannot be made up in exactly the same manner, the instructor may substitute another activity or assignment in order to assess the missed components. If no substitution can be devised, the missing component(s) cannot be factored into determining that student’s final grade for the course.

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 the course instructor is the department head then the student should request assistance from the collegiate associate dean. If satisfactory resolution cannot 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.

Special Situations
For the health or safety of a campus, the senior academic officer for the campus or the officer’s designee may waive the requirement that students provide verification from a health care provider for illness.


A person, typically a qualifying child or other relative, other than the taxpayer or spouse, who entitles the taxpayer to claim a dependency exemption for tax purposes.

Medical provider
A licensed mental health or medical professional including registered nurses (RNs).

Bereavement refers to a period of mourning. For purposes of this policy, (a) bereavement is defined by the student, but (b) the terms of the excused absence, including length of time a student may be excused and makeup work must be negotiated with the faculty member.

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

Bulldogs: Impact on Community