Class Absences

We know sometimes it may be necessary for a student to be absent from a scheduled course activity for personal reasons beyond their control (e.g., illness, family emergency, bereavement, etc.). Purdue expects each student to be responsible for class-related work missed as a result of an unavoidable absence. This work may be made up at the discretion of the instructor. Students who feel that they have been wrongly denied an excused absence or the opportunity to make up missed work should contact the head of the department offering the course to attempt to resolve the conflict. The absence policy established by the University can be found on the Student Regulations website.

Class Absences: Instructors are expected to establish and clearly communicate in the course syllabus attendance policies relevant to individual courses. Course attendance policies must be consistent with University policy. Absences due to illness, job interviews, or other instances outside of bereavement and military leave are at the discretion of the instructor to allow accommodations. Individuals who are absence for these reasons need to work directly with their instructor in accordance with work missed. 

Grief Absences: We know that a time of loss is very difficult for a student. The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) is here to support you however we can. Students are eligible for a specific number of excused absences determined by the relationship of the individual lost; additional days may be granted to account for travel considerations. A student should contact ODOS to request that a notice of leave be sent to instructors. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET and can be reached at 765-494-1747 or

In order to send the notification to instructors the student will need to report the exact day(s) they will be absent. The student will also need to provide a link to the obituary or funeral announcement. If one is unavailable, another form of verification such as a note from the funeral home, program from the services, or other appropriate documentation can be taken into consideration. 

You can learn more about the Grief Absence Policy for Students (GAPS) on the Student Regulations website.

Military Absences: Purdue recognizes that those who are actively serving in the reserves or National Guard of the United States are required by their military contract to attend mandatory training with failure to attend punishable under law. To report an absence due to military service, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students. 

To report an absence or for any questions about absences, please call 765-494-1747 or email

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST


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