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2.1.20 Equitable Treatment of Students Participating in University Sponsored Activities


Illinois State University deeply values and supports the required participation of students in Sanctioned University Activities. Instructors will provide such students with reasonable accommodations for completing missed exams, quizzes, and other required work. In courses that allow dropping a low grade or grades, faculty must offer the student reasonable accommodation for making up work missed due to a university-sanctioned activity and may not require that missed work be counted as the low grade to be dropped.

It is the responsibility of the student to 1) inform instructors of scheduled absences in advance, 2) where possible and as soon as possible, provide a schedule of all semester absences, and 3) arrange to complete missed classroom work. Ultimately, students are responsible for material covered in class. In the event of disagreement regarding this policy, an appeal may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs will determine Sanctioned University Activities.

Sanctioned University Activities

Examples of Sanctioned University Activities: 

  1. Intercollegiate Athletic Competition - 19 sports (11 women's and 8 men's, including student athletes, student athletic trainers, student athletic managers and cheerleaders).
  2. High Profile Students Serving the University's Interests
    1. Office of Admissions Recruiting Events 
    2. Annual Legislative Breakfast
    3. Board of Trustees Meetings
    4. Meetings of the IBHE and Student Advisory Council 
  3. Academic Dept./Major
    1. Competitions related to major (i.e., Judging Teams) or an academic department (i.e., Forensics)
    2. Fine Arts Performances, e.g. Dance Association, Madrigal Singers, etc.
    3. Marching Band Performances
    4. Gamma Phi Circus performances 
    5. Model Illinois government or Model UN Competitions
    6. Professional Association Conferences (e.g., Illinois News Broadcasters Association, National Press Photographers Association, etc.)
    7. Research Symposium


Requests for University Activities not listed above should be channeled through the Dean of Students.


If the student is not satisfied with the accommodations provided by the instructor or if the instructor fails to accommodate the student, the student may appeal the decision to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Initiating body: Academic Senate

Contact: Academic Senate Chairperson (309-438-8736)

Revised on: 04/2010

2018-12-11T10:58:56.689-06:00 2018