How should I handle requests from student athletes to miss class sessions or course assignments or reschedule exams?
In June 2006, the Academic Senate approved “Guidelines Concerning Scheduling Conflicts between Academic and Other Student Obligations.” Based upon these guidelines, most faculty members attempt to accommodate student athletes in their requests to represent the university at away games for their respective sports, provided the student athlete communicates a potential conflict in advance of any off-site competition and makes up the missed work. The Athletic Study Center (ASC), a unit under the supervision of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, advises student athletes to communicate with their instructors about any potential conflict at the beginning of the semester. This generally involves providing the faculty member, in the first week or two of the semester, with a game schedule for the entire season, and noting any possible conflicts. Students are also asked to remind faculty the week prior to any discussed conflict. There are various possibilities for accommodation, includ