It is assumed that students will make the most of the educational opportunities available by regularly attending classes and laboratory periods. At the beginning of the semester, all instructors are free to state the policy with regard to absences from their courses. Thereafter, they may take such action as they deem appropriate, or report to the class deans the names of any students who disregard the regulations announced.
Students are asked to notify the Office of Student Affairs if they have been delayed at home by illness or family emergencies. They are also requested to report any unusual or unexplained absences from the College on the part of any fellow students.
Students who have received medical care at home should, as soon as possible, on or before the day of their return, report their absence to the Office of Student Affairs and submit a statement concerning their illness and any recommended treatment to Amherst College Health Services. Students who are ill at the College will normally be attended at the College Health Service or will be referred to the University of Massachusetts University Health Services by the Staff Physician. It is assumed that all students not excused by the College physician are well enough to attend their regular classes.
The responsibility for any work missed due to an illness or other absence rests entirely upon the student.
Details about student health and medical programs are provided in the Student Code of Conduct.