​​​​Dr. Smith’s Absence and Late-Addition Policies

​​If you have to miss one or more of Dr. Smith​’s classes for one of the reasons listed below, if you’ve added a course during the first week of classes, or if you've arranged an absence in advance, please note the following​:

​​​​​General Policy

Students are responsible for getting notes from a colleague in the course. Lectures won’t be repeated for individual students but I’m very happy to talk about the material and answer any questions once you’ve had a chance to review notes from the class. Contact the History Department office to make an appointment.

Excuses and Documentation

Absences will ordinarily be excused for the following reasons:

  • Illness or medical emergencies. Medical absences require a signed not​e that includes your name and specific date(s) that include ​the class or classes you missed.
  • Bereavement, such as the death of a close family member. This can be documented flexibly, with a link to an announcement or a copy of a program of services, for example, but please be prepared to provide some documentation within a reasonable period of time.
  • Certain academic events required by your major or program. These should be cleared in advance with Dr. Smith, along with a written statement of support and explanation by the CMU department or faculty members sponsoring or requiring the event.
  • Other activities required and authorized by the university, such as sporting events. These should be discussed and cleared in advance with Dr. Smith and require the usual documentation.
​Most other reasons for missing class — including important life events such as weddings and bucket-list trips that you'll never have a chance to do again — don't qualify as excused. 

Adding a course during the first week of classes

Students who miss lectures or other classes because of adding or getting into the course during the first week of classes should contact Dr. Smith to make sure he knows and then follow the instructions in the General Policy section ​above.

History 101 Students

HST 101 students who add the course during the first week of classes should consult their Blackboard section for the syllabus, read it carefully, and ask course staff (your graduate assistant or Dr. Smith) if there are questions. Starting in Fall 2017, please pay particular attention to the section on Top Hat, since this requires computer registration and a tutorial before you can participated in required, graded activities during lecture. The first day of required Top Hat participation is usually the second Wednesday of regular classes. Finally, see the General Policy above for getting notes from any classes you missed.