Compassionate reasons range from bereavement, to weddings, to high school commencements, and more. We get that life happens outside of your academics and there may be a time when you can’t meet your responsibilities due to something we would consider a compassionate reason. Please do not book or commit to any event prior to speaking with Academic Advising. We don’t want you booking tickets before you find out if your absence will be supported.

Please realize that these considerations are not granted automatically and documentation must be provided (and in some cases confirmed) to support the reason for the absence. In all cases (with the exception of self-reported absences), you must submit a Request for Academic Consideration Form and supporting documentation to Please take action at the earliest possible opportunity to come and speak with us. Email or stop by the office to determine what documentation is suitable if it isn’t listed below:

  • Bereavement: Including funerals, visitations – death certificate, obituary notice
  • Wedding: Invitation and relationship to the wedding party
  • High School Commencement: Invitation or notification from high school that shows the date, time and location of the event
  • Non-Varsity Sporting Events, Non-Western Academic Events: Proof of date, time and duration along with evidence that you are required at the event