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May 11, 2011


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How do professional school professors (or law professors, specifically) typically handle student absences arising from pregnancy, medical conditions, or other situations in which the student might have justification for being gone for significant and unknown periods of time?

My guess, from simple observation, would have been that relatively little accommodation is given -- short variances on the times for final examinations of quizes, but not much leeway in order to preserve the possibility of blind grading. I've wondered how students with delivery dates at the wrong time in the semester, or those without the resources to immediately have full-time paid childcare could manage it. Are some students effectively forced to withdraw from the semester?

Ralph Clifford

I always make this a problem for the Administration. I ask the Dean/Assoc. Dean what I should do and then follow the instructions to the letter.

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