Every once in a while, something urgent comes up and you will need to miss class. Life happens, and everybody understands. While there are many valid reasons, the process for getting that time off is the same. If you are doing something academic or professional (a conference, presenting a paper, etc.) you can fill out a form for ‘academic leave’ 6 weeks before your event and submit it for approval by the main office.
For any non-academic situations (deaths in the family, illness, family matters, etc.) there is a similar form for ‘non-academic’ leave. Don’t worry, this form does not need to be handed in 6 weeks before. It is understood that non-academic concerns are not usually predictable, so the office is not as strict; that said, it would be best if you could get the form in as soon as you find out that you will need time off.
In a true emergency, email or call the Learner Equity & Wellness office. They are highly experienced in dealing with these situations and will be able to give you advice and take care of any immediate concerns. They can be busy though, so it would be best if you filled a ‘non-academic’ leave form whenever you can.
If you feel you have need some extra help to handle a situation or feel like the main office isn’t being reasonable (they usually do play a pretty fair ball game), advocates from Western Student Services and the Ombudsperson are available to help.