University of Dayton Policies



Class Attendance Policy

It is your responsibility to attend class. If you miss class, you must contact your instructor(s) to explain your absence and to make up class work. It is up to your instructor(s) whether or not they will excuse your absence. OLR will not send written notification of short-term absences to your instructors.

For prolonged absences due to an emergency, a death in the family, or a disability/medical related issue, your academic Dean's office will make a determination on a case-by-case basis and may consult OLR depending on the situation. See information on this page regarding Voluntary Medical Withdraw for additional options associated with prolonged absences.

Review the University's complete Class Attendance Policy here

Final Examination Policy

If you are a student with a disability and you have two or more final examinations scheduled for the same day, instructors are encouraged to accommodate you by offering one of the final exams on an alternate day. You are encouraged to speak with your instructors directly to discuss options in this instance.

Review the University's Complete Final Examination Policy here

Course Substitution

Reasonable accommodations ensure complete access to, and full participation in, the educational process for students with disabilities. They are not intended to require faculty to compromise academic standards; rather, they make it possible for students to truly learn the material presented to them, and for instructors to fairly evaluate the student's understanding of the material, without interference from their disability. Faculty is encouraged to consider modifying, rather than waiving, course or degree requirements, if appropriate.

Essential components of each academic discipline are determined by the individual program. Essential components cannot be removed; however, academic accommodations may allow the student to demonstrate these components. Academic requirements that are essential to that program are not considered discriminatory. Students with disabilities are expected to meet all requirements of the course to receive credit. If a student makes a request for a course substitution, this will be reviewed by the Office of Learning Resources in conjunction with the appropriate academic representative from the department, school or college. Decisions are addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Standards of Behavior

The division of Student Development is here to ensure that you have opportunities and support to thrive at the University of Dayton. The Office of Community Standards and Civility administers the policies of the University of Dayton. The University's Standards of Behavior are applicable to all students and student organizations.


Emergencies and Evacuation Process

For any emergency, the first step is to contact Public Safety at 937-229-2121, Campus Phone 92121 or 911. **Please program these numbers into your cell phone**

  • If you have a medical condition that may be impacted by an emergency, you should develop an emergency plan or a strategy in advance. 
  • If you have concerns about development of an emergency evacuation plan, contact the Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management office at 937-229-4503.
  • When reporting the emergency, state your location, specific needs, and type of emergency and any additional information such as you use a wheelchair, a respirator, or have breathing, stamina, or health related impairments.
  • Ensure you are familiar with University of Dayton Emergency Response Procedures Guide and the University of Dayton's Emergency Evacuation Plans for campus buildings.