Policies That Impact You

Be familiar with the University policies that impact you as a student.

University Policies

Excused Absences

The University of Delaware excused absence policy states, in short, that a student’s absence from class can be excused if:

  1. The absence falls on a religious holiday listed in University Calendars (e.g. Passover, Good Friday)
  2. The absence is due to serious illness or death within the student’s family
  3. The absence is due to the serious illness of the student.  Please note – one day absences due to illnesses such as colds or minor illnesses should be handled between the student and the faculty.  When possible, the student should report the expected absence before class meeting.

Interviews, travel for family weddings, or early travel home at the end of a semester are examples of things that are not considered excused by the University.

If you are planning to be absent for a religious holiday, please let your faculty know as early as possible of your intention to be absent.

If you are out due to your own illness, please send documentation from a physician stating when you were seen and how long you are expected to be out to lernerexcusedabsence@udel.edu

If you are out due to the serious illness or death of a family member, please send supporting documentation (family physician or obituary) to lernerexcusedabsence@udel.edu

If you have further questions about the University of Delaware’s policy or about excused absences in general, please contact the Lerner College’s Assistant Dean’s Office at 302-831-2553.