Student Excused Absence for Religious Observance

With the amending of GS 115D-5 to conform with the actions taken by the General Assembly in 2010, each community college is now required to have a policy to allow student excused absences for religious observances. In meeting this requirement, the following proposal is recommended.

Students shall be permitted no more than two (2) days of excused absences for religious observances during an academic year. These absences are not in addition to the number currently permitted by College policy, thus the threshold of maximum absences from class each semester is 20% including those for religious observance, or the maximum percentage listed on the course syllabus, which has been approved by the College administration.

The only difference for religious observance absences is that the student must be permitted the opportunity to make up any tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for religious observance.

Students requesting an excused absence for religious observance must make their requests at least fourteen (14) days in advance, using the appropriate College form and having that form submitted to the instructor(s) at least 14 days prior to the intended absence. The completed form includes not only the day requested and class(es) to be missed, but also the agreed upon manner on how, when and where the make-up(s) will take place for the missed work. Failure to adhere to the agreed upon schedule will void the student’s right to make up the work, unless the instructor(s) involved agree to a reschedule.

A student may not request different religious observance days for different classes offered on the same day. If a request is made for any class on a certain day, that request will count as one of the two days permitted for the entire academic year.