An Emergency Notification is:

  • An e-mail notification from the Office of the Dean of Students to your faculty members and academic advisers that is sent to you, as well.

  • An announcement of an emergency situation that has taken you away from campus/classes (hospitalization, assault, accident, death in the family, etc.).

  • A source of information for faculty so they can anticipate the absence and, sometimes, if/when they can expect you to return to class.

  • A written reminder that you should work with the faculty member to figure out how you will proceed in their course after the absence.


An Emergency Notification is not:

  • A notification for non-emergency situations (car problems, planned absences, minor illnesses, a past absence).

  • A requirement for students. If you are able to notify your faculty of an emergency situation, you can work out the details with them and do not need to involve our office.


Office of THE DEAN OF StudentS staff does:

  • Be prepared to provide some details to our office so we can assess the situation and offer advice about what should be done to make your transition back to class easier. Documentation is not required, but may be a helpful factor as we explore specific options.

  • Expect follow up from our office after the emergency notification process. Depending upon your situation, we will tailor our follow-up to your situation, get you the help you need, and help you be better prepared to re-enter your classes.


Office of THE DEAN OF StudentS staff does not:

  • Investigate when we receive requests to send out emergency notifications; we do not contact hospitals, doctors, or family members to assess the validity of an absence.

  • Serve as a proxy between you and your faculty throughout your absence to identify assignments and class expectations that need to be met.