In the event that a student has to attend a funeral, he/she should first notify the Residence Hall Director of the death. The Residence Hall Director will report the death to the Director of Residence Life and Housing. The Director of Residence Life and Housing will inform the Dean of Students and contact the student to gather as much information as possible. The Dean of Students will contact the University Chaplain, the University Family Nurse Practitioner/Director of the Gordon Student Health Center, and the Director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Program, if necessary. Upon return, the student should report immediately to the Dean of Students and submit the obituary for verification/approval by the Dean of Students for an official excuse to miss class.
The following guidelines govern excused absences from class:
- For immediate family members (Mother, Father, Sister, and Brother) an excuse will be given for three (3) days if traveling in state and five (5) days if traveling out of state.
- For grand parent(s) if the student was reared by either or both, an excuse will be given for three (3) days if traveling in state and five (5) days if traveling out of state. If the student was not reared by the grand parent(s), an excuse will be given for one (day).
- For extended family members (In Laws, Step Mother, Step Father, Step Brother, Step Sister, Half Brother, Half Sister, Aunt, Uncle, Nephew, Niece, Cousin, Distant Relative, God Children, God Mother, God Father, God Sister, God Brother, etc., an excuse will be given for one (1) day.
- For friend, an excuse will be given for one half day (1/2).