How do I report a student death?
Please follow the Communications Protocol for Student Deaths.
If a student needs to miss a class, can that absence be excused?
Student Ombuds Services (S.O.S.), part of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) can be helpful to faculty and students by serving as the University’s authority for verifying the situation that may lead to or has resulted in a student’s absence.
- Instructors are encouraged to refer students to S.O.S. directly (appointments: 919-515-2963; Email:firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: ombuds.ncsu.edu) so we can work with them to obtain the needed documentation that explains the reason for class absences. This takes the pressure off the instructor to a certain extent and preserves that role of “instructor” rather than of “investigator.” In most cases the decision to consider an absence as excused is still the instructor’s, but that can be more confidently done with accurate understanding of the context and reason for the absence.
- Depending on the reason for the absence, S.O.S. may also refer students to on-campus resources for support and/or problem-solving. A student’s academic advisor is almost always included in any communication related to an advisee so that they can serve as a consistent collection point for awareness of patterns of concerns.
- Faculty and instructors are expected to be familiar with the University’s regulation on class attendance and its guidance regarding excused absences: http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-03
S.O.S. welcomes any questions and is glad to talk through specific situations.