University Services and Policies

Academic Success Services:  Your student fees cover usage of the Math Center (784-4433 or, Tutoring Center (784-6801 or, and University Writing Center (784-6030 or These centers support your classroom learning; it is your responsibility to take advantage of their services. Keep in mind that seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student.

Student Absences:  By NSHE policy in Title 4 Chapter 20 A, Section 3, paragraph 1, , there are no official absences from any university class. It is the personal responsibility of the student to consult with the instructor regarding absence from class. In the event that a student misses a class because of an official university function or event or because of serious personal issues, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services may, at its discretion, send an explanation to affected faculty. The instructor shall make the final determination on whether the missed work can be done at a time other than during the regularly scheduled class period.

Religious Holy Days: It is the policy of NSHE (Title 4 Chapter 20 A, Section 3, paragraph 2,, to be sensitive to the religious obligations of its students. Any student missing classes, quizzes, examinations, or any other class or lab work because of observance of religious holy days should, whenever possible, be given an opportunity during that semester to make up the missed work. The make-up will apply to the religious holy day absence only. It shall be the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor in advance in writing, if the student intends to participate in a religious holy day, which does not fall on state holidays or periods of class recess. This policy shall not apply in the event that administering the assignment at an alternate time would impose an undue hardship on the instructor or the institution, which could not reasonably have been avoided.

Week Preceding Thanksgiving Holiday:  Monday, November 25, Tuesday, November 26, and Wednesday, November 27 are regular class days and academic faculty contract days; therefore, classes should be held on those days and evenings as scheduled.

Final Week:  Final Week begins Thursday, December 12. Some Final Week classes are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. We have asked appropriate individuals in the various buildings to ensure that the building and classrooms are open at 7:30.

        It is university policy that all classes are required to meet during the final week at the appropriate times and dates indicated in the Final Week Class Schedule This is in keeping with accreditation requirements for the appropriate number of hours for classes. Also, deviating from the final week schedule can cause undue hardship on students’ overall final schedules.

        Wednesday, December 14, 2011, is this semester’s designated prep day. Prep day is to allow students a day of preparation for final exams. Conducting optional activities like review sessions or specifying prep day as a due date for papers and projects are allowed activities.

The following link is to the University’s academic calendar:

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