Guidelines for instructors when a student becomes ill during the COVID-19 pandemic

Earlier during Spring 2020 Semester, we provided guidance for instructors to be flexible in requesting documentation for a student absence when students are ill (see https://www.kent.edu/ctl/guide-handling-student-absences-due-minor-illne...).

Due to COVID-19 and the impact on students and families, we continue to ask instructors to be flexible in requesting documentation around student absences when a student is ill and also apply that same flexibility in other academic situations. For example, when students request an incomplete for extenuating circumstances (see https://www.kent.edu/registrar/incomplete-mark-workflow), they also need to provide appropriate documentation; however, appropriate documentation is at the discretion of the instructor and academic unit, and an email from the student or the student’s caregiver may be sufficient in most situations.