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Student Handbook

Attendance Policy & Requesting Absences

The Attendance Policy is available here. Please read and be aware of this policy as it describes the type of excused absences as well as the process to follow for requesting an approved absence.

The Communicable Disease Exposure Policy is available here for students to reference for absences related to contagious illnesses.

MS1 and MS2 Absence Request Procedures

If a MS1/MS2 student is ill or has an emergency and is unable to attend a required curricular activity, they should immediately contact the Office of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Inclusion by calling 509-368-6827, by emailing EFLOstudentaffairs@wsu.edu or by filling out the required request for approved absence form.

Otherwise, all other planned absence requests should be made in a timely manner and students by filling out the request for approved absence form (linked above).

MS3 Absence Request Procedures

Due to the nature of clinical learning (required and involving patient care), MS3 students are allowed up to five unplanned illness or urgent emergency days, without make-up during the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC). If a MS3 student is ill or has an urgent emergency, they should contact the Clerkship Coordinator for their campus as well as their ADCE and clinical preceptor(s) they were assigned with that day. Students may contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for absences related to wellness needs or any other medical related absences in which anonymity is requested.

Otherwise, all other planned absence requests that are more than one day should be made three months in advance by filling out the request for approved absence form.

MS4 Absence Request Procedures

If a MS4 student is ill or has an urgent emergency, they should contact their supervisor at their assigned location at that time. Students may also contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for absences related to wellness needs or any other medical related absences in which anonymity is requested.

Otherwise, all other planned absence requests that are more than one day should be made three months in advance by filling out the request for approved absence form.