Absence Policy

Tardiness and Absence Policies:

The tardiness and absence policy of your instructor may be stricter than the policy listed below and will supersede the MEDLI policies. Please refer to the syllabus of your class for any adjustments to the policies.


One absence per semester is permissible.
Two absences in a semester will result in a grade deduction for that semester.
Three or more absences in a semester will result in automatic failure of the course.

Things to note:

  • Absences on days of exams, projects, presentations, etc. will lead to failure of that coursework. There will be no make-ups of exams, projects, presentations, etc. due to absence.
  • Failure of the first/third/fifth semester course prohibits students moving to the second/fourth/sixth semester course, and will result in dismissal from the program without refund.
  • Contact hours for federal grants require that the MEDLI program must end on the last day of class. Requests to leave or take final exams early will not be granted.
  • Pre-program requests for absences will not be granted.

Emergency circumstances for absences can be reviewed on an individual basis.


Arriving to class on time is important for successful participation in the MEDLI program. Being late to class is disruptive and disrespectful to one’s instructor(s) and classmates, and could result in a marked absence or grade deduction.