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Policy on Attendance

At the Zucker School of Medicine, students are expected to attend all scheduled activities. Unless acutely ill, students must request approval in advance and in writing for ANY missed days or switches in schedule (including religious observances). The request is not considered approved until receipt of an affirmative response. The School may require a doctor’s note for absences in certain situations, such as an absence that results in missing an examination.

Students should refer to the academic calendar on the School’s website before planning any travel. The course calendars may be changed without advanced notice.

Failure to follow this policy or procedure may result in consequences decided by the relevant parties. Consequences may include, but are not limited to: the requirement to make up missed time, lowering of a grade, inability to sit for an exam, failure of that experience with resultant delay in graduation, and formal filing of a complaint of breach in professionalism, with its attendant processes and consequences.

In accordance with New York State Law, each student who is absent because of his or her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which he or she may have missed because of that absence on any particular day or days. No student shall be expelled or refused admission to the School of Medicine because he or she is unable to participate in any examination, study or work requirement because of his or her religious obligations and practices.

Procedure for First 100 Weeks:

In the event of acute illness, any absence must be reported via the Absence Reporting Form to the Office of Student Affairs in advance of the start of the activity when possible. In addition, the student is responsible for notifying his or her ICE Preceptor, if the absence will affect a scheduled ICE session.

In all other instances (including religious observances), students must request approval in advance and in writing for ANY missed days from the Office of Student Affairs. The request is not considered approved until receipt of an affirmative response.

Procedure for Second 100 Weeks:

In the event of acute illness, any absence must be reported via the Absence Reporting Form to the Office of Student Affairs in advance of the start of the activity when possible. In addition, the student is responsible for notifying his or her team or supervisor, the discipline-specific ACE/AI/Selective/Elective Director, and his or her ACE Continuity Clinic Preceptor, if the absence will affect a scheduled ACE Continuity Clinic session.

In all other instances (including religious observances), students must request approval in advance and in writing for ANY missed days from the discipline-specific ACE Director/AI Director/Selective or Elective Director. The request is not considered approved until receipt of an affirmative response. In addition, the student is responsible for notifying his or her team or supervisor as well as the Office of Student Affairs.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies:
Guidelines Related to Absences for Religious Observances

To report an absence, please use the form below.

Absence Reporting Form

Last Updated: March 2018


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