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We encourage our criminal justice students to be active in the field and at the University. Consider joining an academic club. Attend conferences or present research at professional meetings. Want to publish a thesis or research in a professional journal? We have the tools to help with that.


The Criminal Justice department enforces a policy that makeup tests for missed examinations are not given in criminal justice classes. If a test is not taken with the class, there is no makeup options available.

A student who misses an exam may submit a request for an excused absence from the examination. The instructor for the class must be contacted as soon as the student is able and aware that the exam will be, or has been, missed. The student must provide the reason for missing the examination and provide supporting documentation.

An excused absence will result in the student's grade being computed on the basis of the other test(s) in the course. There is no penalty whatsoever for missing one examination if it has been excused. However, an unexcused absence will result in the student's final grade being lowered one full letter grade. Only one examination, per course, may be missed or excused. A student missing two examinations, regardless if one or both have been excused, will receive an automatic F for the course.

Excused absence will be granted only for the following reasons:

  1. Emergency, urgent medical or dental reasons verified in writing on letterhead stationary or prescription pad by a physician or dentist
  2. Required court attendance as a party, witness or juror verified on letterhead stationary by the judge of the court concerned
  3. Attendance at the funeral of a member of the immediate family
  4. Participation in an officially recognized university activity, such as athletic events, debates, etc., verified in writing on university letterhead stationary by a full-time faculty member
  5. To comply with Board of Regents policy.

Examples of situation where excuses normally are not granted are: flat tires, cars that don't start or other vehicular mechanical malfunctions; oversleeping, long weekends; having to work; extensions of regular university vacations by the student; weather conditions; misunderstanding as to the date of test or failure to ascertain date of test; flu and/or cold, unless verified as set out above; sick children, relatives, roommates, friends, unless the student's presence is necessary and verified as set out above; and nonemergency or nonurgent medical or dental appointment even if verified by a physician or dentist.

If students are uncertain whether their reason for missing the exam will qualify for an excused absence, they should contact the course instructor who will make the final decision.