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Classroom and Laboratory Attendance

Attendance is expected of all students, and an instructor may require, at his/her discretion, compulsory attendance in a course, including any or all laboratory sessions, lectures or demonstrations. When the instructor does not state attendance as a compulsory requirement, students remain responsible for all material covered in that course, including all examinations, quizzes, and projects. A student's eligibility to complete make-up work is at the discretion of the course instructor. 

Attendance at scheduled examinations is mandatory.

Clinic Attendance

Attendance is mandatory at assigned clinical rotations, at the outpatient treatment center, at the community medicine clinics and at all the college-approved external clinical rotations and clerkship programs. Anyone making up clinic days for any reason cannot make up missed days during regularly scheduled course lectures or labs. Absence due to religious observances must be cleared, in advance, with the senior associate dean.

Students who are sick must call the Office of Academic Support at 216-916-7484 before 9 a.m. on the day of absence. If there is no answer, students should leave a voice message or e-mail If students do not call or e-mail before 9 a.m., they must complete a three-day make-up for the one day missed. If students notify the Office of Student Academic Support in advance, they must complete a one-day make-up for the one day missed, provided that the reason for the absence is approved. 

If students are absent due to illness, they must submit a doctor’s excuse to make up only the one day of absence. However, if students do not bring in a doctor’s excuse for the absence, a three-day automatic make-up will be implemented for the absence, and students may be subject to failure of the rotation.

All excused absences require a “Request for Student Absence from Clinic Rotation” form. At the students’ earliest convenience, they should stop by the college’s Office of Academic Services and Enrollment Analytics on the second floor to pick up the form. Students must have this form approved and signed by the rotation coordinator two weeks before the clinic absence. When making up the absence, this form must be completed and signed by the doctor working at clinic.

Make-up days will be assigned to students with the following deadlines in mind:

  • Make-up days for CLI 803xx-level rotations must be completed no later than the end of February of the third-year spring semester. The date and time of the make-up days will be assigned to the student. 
  • Make-up days for CLI 804xx-level rotations must be completed within 30 days from the beginning of the student's next rotation back in town. The date and time of the make-up days will be assigned to the student. 

Please note, the time deadline for make-up days for a VA rotation are the same as the other core rotations, but the process and method are at the discretion of the VA.