49. Unexcused Absences (Revised: 1995)
The decision as to which procedure to utilize for a grievance filed by a student shall be made solely by the university and shall be based on the fact pattern of each particular case. Each grievance shall be directed to a specific procedure and shall be accorded only one opportunity to be adjudicated unless the appeal body remands for further review.
Rules on class attendance and excused absences are listed in Part I, Academic Rules.
49.1 A student may appeal an instructor's decision that an absence is unexcused on the grounds that evidence has been presented to the instructor that substantiates one or more of the reasons deemed sufficient for an excused absence or on the grounds that the instructor's decision was arbitrary, capricious or prejudicial. Any appeal must be initiated within three class days of the instructor's decision. In the appeal process, the burden of proof shall be upon the student. An appeal may be made by the student to the following persons or bodies in the sequence in which they are listed:
49.1.1 The head of the academic department in which the course is offered.
49.1.2 The dean of the undergraduate college in which the course is offered or the director of graduate studies in the case of graduate students.
49.1.3 The Academic Appeals Panel (see Part III Section 57).