Graduate Residency Attendance Policy


School for Graduate Studies


Director of Graduate Student Services


Graduate Studies



Effective Date:


Review Date:


Implementation History:

This makes official our practice of many years and clarifies which graduate programs this applies to.


Graduate, Residency, Attendance

Background Information:


To explain the residency attendance requirement and exception process for MA and MBA students.


Residency – The face-to-face meeting required at specified points in the MA and MBA programs.


The MA Policy studies, liberal studies and MBA program have residency-based courses. Attendance at residencies is mandatory for residency-based courses. A student who registers for a required residency-based course but is unable to attend a residency must withdraw from the course and take it in a subsequent term.

Exceptions are rarely made to the residency requirement. One reason for an exception is for religious observance. (Please refer to the religious observance policy.) Religious exemptions may be granted by the faculty member (program chair) in charge of the student’s program. There may be other reasons that warrant an exception but these must be ruled on by the dean of the School for Graduate Studies on a case by case basis. If requesting to be excused from a residency for any reason other than a religious exemption, the student must make this request in writing to the dean of the School for Graduate Studies. This request should contain the student’s reason(s) for not attending the residency and a detailed plan for making up the work and faculty/student interaction that will be missed. Before submitting this request, the student should have the detailed plan approved by the course instructor(s) and his or her program chair.


Applicable Legislation and Regulations

224-a of the Education Law

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