SSB 5173, which modified RCW 1.16.050 and 28A.225.010, states that "Institutions of higher education and state-funded workforce training programs must develop policies to accommodate student absences for reasons of faith or conscience to prevent adverse effects on students’ grades."
Skagit Valley College students who want to request an excused absence must use the form linked below. Students are allowed up to two days of excused absences per academic year for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization.
The request form must be received at least two weeks prior to the desired absence.
For clinical classes, the request must be received before the first day of the quarter.
Each excused absence day taken under this policy must be taken as a whole day: the day may not be divided into hours and taken piecemeal.
It is your responsibility to provide the approved document verifying the date of the absence to each of your instructors whose classes or assignments will be affected by the absence.
After your instructor is notified of your upcoming absence, the instructor will determine what adjustments, if any, will need to be made to scheduled classwork or assignments. The instructor will inform you of these adjustments within two days of receiving notification. If the absence date is on a day when a test was scheduled or an assignment was due, the instructor may require that you take the test or submit the assignment before or after the regularly assigned date. Regardless of an instructor’s class expectations or grading policies, absences authorized under this procedure will not adversely impact a student’s grade.
If you fail to notify any of your instructors of an authorized absence for reasons of faith or conscience, the instructor is not obligated to make any accommodations for the absence or treat the absence as authorized under this policy or the law.