There are general university guidelines related to attendance, however, specific course policies may be determined by each professor and should be outlined in the course syllabus.

Undergraduate Missed Class Policy

It is the responsibility of each instructor to determine and publish the class attendance policy in the course syllabus distributed to enrolled students at the beginning of the quarter. The instructor's class attendance policy supersedes requests for approved absences.

Students are responsible for informing the instructor, in writing and at the earliest opportunity, of absences due to university-sanctioned events or personal responsibilities.

If a student must miss class due to an unforeseen event, the student must inform the instructor of the reason for the absence. Absences not cleared with the instructor before the specific class event (exam, presentation, assignment due) may require a document from the relevant authority (e.g., coach, employer). If the instructor decides that the absence is justifiable, then he or she should attempt to provide opportunities for equivalent work.

When absences are approved beforehand by the student and instructor, the instructor will allow students to make up missed work and/or give an option to attain attendance points. When there is a dispute between students and instructors over the opportunity to make up work or attendances, the issue will be adjudicated by the chair of the department and then (only if needed) the dean of that school or his/her designee.

The student may not place any undue burden on the instructor to provide opportunities to make up course work due to excused absences.


Students are responsible for dropping courses they do not attend. Non-attendance does not cancel tuition charges, nor does it prevent the course and grade (probably an F, NP, X, or M) from appearing on the student's academic record.

Some departments have a policy of dropping students for non-attendance to accommodate other students trying to enroll. If this happens, the student 1) remains responsible for any tuition charges associated with the registration, and 2) the course may be recorded permanently on the academic record, depending on when the department processes the drop.

Religious Holy Days

Any student who, because of religious beliefs, is unable to attend classes on a particular day shall be excused from attendance requirements and from any examination or other assignment on that day. The student shall make up the examination or other assignment missed because of the absence.

Students should make arrangements with their instructors prior to the holy day.

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather conditions may require University closure, late opening, canceled events, or reduced operations. Portland’s weather forecasts and road conditions are constantly monitored to insure the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Closure announcements and updates are posted on Notification may be sent via PSU ALERT depending upon the severity of the weather. Classes are canceled when the University is closed and instructors may arrange makeup classes. Exams are postponed if the university closes during Finals Week.