To clearly state a classroom policy on absenteeism during COVID-19:

Please note: The is a suggested syllabus language for faculty to use as classroom policy, it is not a University policy. 

Students are expected to attend every class and remain in class for the duration of the session when it is safe to do so in accordance with university guidance regarding COVID-19. Failure to attend class or arriving late may impact your ability to achieve course objectives which could affect your course grade.  An absence, excused or unexcused, does not relieve a student of any course requirement. Regular class attendance is a student’s obligation, as is a responsibility for all the work of class meetings, including tests and written tasks. Any unexcused absence or excessive tardiness may result in a loss of participation points.

Students are encouraged to work directly with their instructors regarding their absence(s). For absences related to COVID-19, please adhere to the following: 

  • Complete your Niner Health Check each morning.  
  • Do not come to class if you are sick.  Please protect your health and the health of others by staying home. Contact your healthcare provider if you believe you are ill. 
  • If you are sick: If you test positive or are evaluated by a healthcare provider for symptoms of COVID-19, indicate so on your Niner Health Check to alert the University. Submit a copy of your Niner Health Check notification email to your instructors.  Upon learning that you have tested positive or have been diagnosed for symptoms of COVID-19, either from your reporting or from Student health Center testing or diagnosis, representatives from Emergency Management and/or the Student Health Center will follow up with you, and your instructors will be notified of the need for accommodations, as necessary.
  • If you are unvaccinated and have been notified to self-quarantine due to exposure, indicate so on your Niner Health Check to alert the University. Representatives from Contact Tracing/Emergency Management and/or the Student Health Center will follow up with you as necessary. Submit a copy of your Niner Health Check notification email directly to your instructors.
  • If you are vaccinated AND symptomatic AND have been notified to self-quarantine due to exposure, indicate so on your Niner Health Check to alert the University. Representatives from Contact Tracing/Emergency Management and/or the Student Health Center will follow up with you as necessary. Submit a copy of your Niner Health Check notification email directly to your instructors.

To return to class after being absent due to COVID-19, students should follow the instructions below: 

  Residential Students Non-Residential Students
Quarantine -- Close Contact UNVACCINATED
  • Resident students remain under the care of the Student Health Center and will be deemed clear to return to campus activities by a clinical professional. 

  • Once deemed cleared to return to campus activities, the COVID-19 Registry will send an email notification that you should forward to your instructor(s) as verification you’ve been cleared to return to class.

 

  • To return to class after being absent due to a period of self-quarantine, non-resident students have two options. 

    • Option 1: Fulfill your full 14-day quarantine requirement, submit a Niner Health Check to confirm no symptoms, take a screenshot of the Niner Health Check clearance screen and email it directly to your instructor(s).

    • Option 2: If you have remained asymptomatic during your quarantine period, on day 9, you may be tested at the Student Health Center (SHC). You can then submit the documentation of a negative test from the SHC to your instructor(s). When you call the SHC to set up an appointment, make sure to tell them you are on day 9 of quarantine and want to test out. 

Quarantine -- Close Contact VACCINATED

 

  • You do not have to quarantine unless you are symptomatic.

  • If you are symptomatic, resident students remain under the care of the Student Health Center and will be deemed clear to return to campus activities by a clinical professional. 

  • Once deemed cleared to return to campus activities, the COVID-19 Registry will send an email notification that you should forward to your instructor(s) as verification you’ve been cleared to return to class.

  • You do not have to quarantine unless you are symptomatic.

  • If you are symptomatic, be tested immediately. You may call the Student Health Center to set up an appointment. Make sure to state you are symptomatic and need a test. 

  • You should remain in quarantine until your test results are returned. 

  • If negative, you may forward the documentation you receive from the Student Health Center to your professors. If positive, you will enter isolation and should follow the protocols below.

Isolation -- Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis
  • Resident students remain under the care of the Student Health Center and will be deemed clear to return to campus activities by a clinical professional. 

  • Once deemed cleared to return to campus activities, the COVID-19 Registry will send an email notification that you should forward to your instructor(s) as verification you’ve been cleared to return to class. 

  • To return to class after being absent due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, students should submit an online absence verification request form to Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS). 

  • Students should attach their positive test results directly to their request form. If you have additional medical documentation regarding your positive test, such as additional dates you should remain out of class, you may also attach this directly to your request form. 

  • Instructors will be notified of such absences once SASS is able to process your request. You should also forward your instructors any correspondence from University Contact Tracers that indicates your isolation end date due to a positive test result.

 

If a student provides faculty with correspondence from Emergency Management, University Contact Tracers, the Student Health Center, and/or Student Assistance and Support Services regarding their specific directive (self-quarantine, quarantine, or isolate) and/or indicating the student’s isolation end date, this correspondence serves as official University documentation. Any of these forms of University communication are sufficient for reentry into the classroom.