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Common questions for the DOS

We may already know what your question is for the Dean of Students office. See the FAQs to look for answers to the most commonly asked questions. If you don't see your question here, email us, give us a call at (715) 836-5626, or stop in at 240 Schofield Hall.

What is the attendance policy?

Instructors maintain student attendance records. Students should communicate directly with the instructor any time they are absent. Instructors have discretion regarding requests for absences.

In the case of severe illness, injury, or emergency, instructors should be kept apprised of the situation through direct communication with the student and/or via the Dean of Students Office who will assist students and communicate with instructors as needed.

When absences are authorized, instructors are obligated to work with students to determine the best way for students to resume participation in the class without a penalty. If the absences could be lengthy, the student, instructor, College Dean, and Dean of Students Office should work together to determine if it will be possible for the student to successfully complete the course.

Class Attendance and Absence Policy

The policy relating to an absence as an accommodation of religious beliefs can be found here.


To schedule an appointment, please call (715) 836-5626.

How do I withdraw from the University?

Frequently asked questions regarding withdrawal can be answered here as withdrawal processes are related to the point in a semester that withdrawal is being considered. The Dean of Students office is available to help any student with this process. 

How do I drop one or more (but not all) of my classes?

Most questions related to dropping a course can be found here although we encourage students to work with their adviser. The process may be different based on the point in the semester when the drop is being considered. The Dean of Students office can help a student drop a course or get in touch with the appropriate resource to do so.

Where do I go to sign up for the Civil Rights Pilgrimage?

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students have the opportunity to spend their winter or spring break on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the South, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement.

The immersion program will include stops at the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama; the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library in Montgomery, Alabama; the National Voting Rights Museum and other sites in Selma, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Central High School and William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

This immersion program also will include a stop in New Orleans, with a visit to the famous Preservation Hall, home of New Orleans jazz. While in Selma, students will participate in a service project to serve the community where the march to Montgomery began in order to fight for voting rights for African Americans. Students may also choose to register for Women's Studies 222 or to participate in a faculty/student research project conducted by student trip coordinators. Registration forms must be completed before permission is given for course registration.

For more information see the Civil Rights Pilgrimage website.

Information on National Student Exchange

Approximately 3,500 students nationwide will study at new institutions this year! They will be participating at nearly 200 universities in 49 states, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Canada, and Puerto Rico through the National Student Exchange Program (NSE).

This program offers opportunities to experience a different academic environment while maintaining progress toward academic goals, expanding academic options, clarifying personal and professional goals, seeing the United States and experiencing its diversity of cultures, values, and lifestyles.

More can be found on the NSE website as well as contacting NSE Coordinator Cindy Nevin (715) 836-5626.


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