Dean’s Excuses

Instructors may, during term time, give a student permission to make up missed work, provided that such work is submitted before the end of term.

It is important to be aware of their authority to accept late work, since a Dean’s Excuse can be issued ONLY in the following instances:

(1) Incapacitating Illness – this does not mean a bad cold, fatigue, lack of sleep, etc.

(2) Death of a family member

(3) Observance of religious holy days

(4) Participation in varsity intercollegiate events (not practice and not club sports).

Dean’s Excuses do not cover work missed due to participation in dramatic events, singing groups, non-varsity athletics, interviews for medical schools or brokerage houses, sleeping through an exam, and the like. It is precisely in such circumstances that you should be aware of the authority of your instructor to postpone work; it will be your ONLY means for turning in late work without penalty.

Be especially careful of situations in which your instructor says, “It’s fine with me as long as you get a Dean’s Excuse.” You know under what circumstances you will be able to receive one, so you may have to resolve the issue on the spot.

It is important to know that Dean’s Excuses can only extend deadlines; they cannot cover absences, whatever the reason. Similarly, Dean’s Excuses cannot forgive computer malfunctions.  Back up your work!

One last but essential remark about postponing work: at the end of term, everything changes; extensions for outstanding work or make-up examinations can be issued ONLY by the Residential College Dean. Beware of getting permission from instructors to turn work in after the end of the term. Without WRITTEN permission from the dean, you will receive a non-passing grade for the course.