Updated: August 2022
The current public health situation in the US and NYC indicates that we will likely encounter cases of both COVID and Monkey Pox this fall, as well as potentially other infectious diseases. Please note recent university communications here and here for campus updates.
To maintain the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty during this academic year, and to support our students academically, below are guidelines regarding student absence.
Students who are adhering to isolation due to a diagnosis of COVID-19 must not attend class during their mandated isolation (which usually does not exceed ten days and, in many cases, will be less). Student absences relating to COVID-19 will be recognized as circumstances for which absences are excused, and students will not be penalized.
Students who must be absent for longer than ten days due to an infectious disease must provide appropriate medical documentation to Disability Services (DS). Documentation must include the medical diagnosis and the estimated length of time off required (due to isolation or prolonged symptoms) and can be obtained from the Medical Services or Contact Tracing teams. DS will expedite their registration process for students requiring accommodations due to a prescribed extended medical absence due to an infectious disease. If appropriate, faculty members will be contacted by Disability Services or DS Liaison to review what accommodations can be provided to a student who has a prolonged absence. Students will not be penalized for extended absences.
Instructors are expected to make reasonable accommodations for students who miss classes, assignments, or exams due to necessary extended absences related to infectious illnesses. Depending on the size, format, and pedagogical goals of the class, instructors can support students who are absent in several ways to help students catch up on materials, assignments, and exams.
For the duration of the extended approved absence, support may include the following:
Students should note that not all courses are being recorded, and they should be in touch with their instructor as to the best way to make up missed class and assignments.
Additional resources for instructors and course assistants to support students through an excused extended absence are available here from the Center for Teaching and Learning.