Temporary Academic Policies - Fall 2020 Semester Only (approved August 6, 2020)

University-Wide Policy:

  • The late withdrawal date is extended to November 20, 2020.
  • The CR/NC date is extended to September 11, 2020.

Student Absence and Attendance:

The University has a published Class Attendance Policy in the GVSU Catalog that details what is expected of both students and faculty. COVID-19 related absences should be “excused”, according to the current policy. Students should also have the ability to quarantine at any point in the semester if they are concerned about COVID-19. Class participation may still be part of a student’s grade as engagement can be accomplished in multiple ways which do not require students to be “in-seat” during the course.

  • Faculty are prohibited from having an attendance policy that directly affects grades.
  • Notes from health care providers are not necessary for “excused” absences.

The current Class Attendance Policy (from the GVSU Catalog) covers options for faculty members:

"At Grand Valley, regular attendance in class and other course activities is considered an essential part of the students' educational experience and a requirement for an adequate evaluation of student academic progress.

Coursework missed because of excused absences should be made up to the satisfaction of the instructor. Although makeup work will not remove the full adverse effect of the absence in all cases, faculty members will make reasonable accommodations for students when an absence is excused. The accommodations available will vary with course and program. The degree of the effect upon grades will vary with the nature and amount of work missed and must be measured according to the instructor's best judgment. In case of excessive absences, the instructor may refuse to grant credit for the course. Under some circumstances, an incomplete grade followed by a resolution according to university policy, or withdrawal from the course, is appropriate.

Absences due to the following reasons should be treated as excused: 1) absences of students who miss class due to active participation in an intercollegiate event; 2) absences due to the observance of religious holidays, see PC 9.6, Religious Inclusion Policy; 3) absences due to military duty; 4) absences due to jury duty, or appearance in court or other government hearings; 5) student medical conditions that preclude class attendance; 6) birth or adoption of child; and 7) absences due to attendance at an academic and/or professional conference. Instructors have discretion to determine whether absences for other reasons should be treated as excused (e.g. study abroad program)."

Specific examples and resources include: