Study away at Global Academic Centers is an academically intensive and immersive experience, in which students from a wide range of backgrounds exchange ideas in discussion-based seminars.  Learning in such an environment depends on the active participation of all students.  As classes typically meet once a week, even a single absence can cause a student to miss a significant portion of a course. 

To ensure the integrity of this academic experience, class attendance at all Global Centers is mandatory, and unexcused absences will be penalized with a two percent deduction from the student’s final course grade.  Students are responsible for making up any work missed due to absence.  Repeated absences in a course may result in failure.


1. Report the absence to NYU DC Academics (see the link below)

2. Contact your instructor of the affected class

3. Follow-up with NYU DC Academics about the need to provide any documentation (


Absences from class must be reported to NYU DC Academics Team Staff using the online absence form

  • Absences can ONLY be excused if they are reported using this form (this is a key step, but there may be other conditions—see below—such as providing documentation, as well).  You can use the online Absence Form to report absences for both medical and non-medical reasons (see below).
  • Students should NOT approach their class instructor for an excused absence (you need to consult with a member of the Academics team instead).  However, students should contact their class instructor to discuss catching up on missed work.


If you are unable to attend a class due to ill health, you must provide details of your illness and class(es) missed to NYUDC staff using the online Absence Form WITHIN 24 HOURS of your first missed class.

Please do not use the form to report a medical emergency or to request urgent assistance.  In a medical emergency, call 911 and ask for an ambulance.  NYUDC staff are available and happy to offer additional support, whatever time of day, especially if you’re hoping to make a doctor’s appointment. If you would like to speak to a member of staff to request support with a medical problem, please call the NYU Washington, DC emergency phone.


If you have to miss class for an unavoidable, non-medical reason you must provide use the online Absence Form  at least SEVEN DAYS PRIOR to the date(s) in question.


  • NYUDC staff carefully monitor student attendance and absence records.  In most cases, full completion of the online Absence Form will be sufficient to excuse your absence.  However, in certain circumstances (such as a missed examination/presentation or missing multiple days of class) you will need to provide additional information and arrange a meeting with a member of NYUDC academics team about your absence before it can be excused.
  • If you have multiple absences, you will need to arrange a meeting with a member of the academics team.  You may be required to provide documentation relating to these (and future) absences from class before these may be excused.
  • Unexcused absences from exams are not permitted and will result in failure of the exam. You will need to provide supporting documentation to the Academics team if you miss an examination/presentation.  If you are granted an excused absence from an examination, your lecturer will decide how you will make up the assessment component, if at all.
  • NYUDC expects students to arrive promptly (both at the beginning and after any breaks) and to remain for the duration of the class.  If timely attendance becomes a problem, it is the prerogative of each instructor to deduct a mark or marks from the final grade for each late arrival and early departure.
  • For classes involving a field trip or other external visit, transportation difficulties are never grounds for an excused absence.  It is your responsibility to arrive at an agreed meeting point in a timely fashion.
  • If you are traveling on a weekend, or during the break, you must plan to return to NYUDC the day prior to your next class.  No excused absences will be given to students who miss class on the same day that they return from a trip, even when this is due to circumstances outside of the student’s control (such as a delayed flight).


Please do not make plans during the exam period until you know the exact times of your exams.  Exams may not be held during regularly scheduled class meeting times.

Final examinations MUST be taken at their scheduled time.  Under no circumstances will students be allowed to take an exam before or after other students in the class.  Students may not leave NYUDC before taking their final exams and/or before all course work has been submitted.