What is a Dean’s Notice?
A Dean’s Notice is a communication to a faculty member informing them of an extenuating circumstance with a student. Notices are provided when an unforeseen and/or unavoidable event occurs in a student’s life that may prevent class attendance, completion of an exam, and/or assignment on time. Please see below to learn what does or does not constitute a Dean’s Notice.
Dean’s Notices are for:
- Serious illness
- Medical appointments
- Family emergencies (deaths, serious illness)
- Court dates
- Other extenuating circumstances (final approval rests with the Dean of Students)
Dean’s Notices are NOT for:
- Athletic competitions*
- Family vacations
*Managed by Athletics
In addition, Dean’s Notices will be provided for final exams only in cases of medical or mental health concerns. Otherwise, if a student would like to move an exam from the date and time it is scheduled, the student must petition the Academic Standing Committee for permission to do so.
How do I request a Dean’s Notice?
A Dean’s Notice may be requested by:
- Contacting the Health Center for medical or mental health issues
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for urgent requests. A meeting with either Dean McIntosh or Dean Steidel may be necessary for approval.
Supporting documentation is required for all Dean’s Notices. Additionally, a Dean’s Notice will not be provided retroactively except on rare occasions when the student is incapacitated. As with all Dean’s Notices, final approval will rest with the Dean of Students.