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Student Absences

If you miss classes due to illness, injury, family emergency, or some other reason, it is your responsibility to notify instructors of this absence as soon as possible.


The Official Student Absence Policy 3120 addresses official absences for university sponsored activities. Official university recognized activities include those events scheduled by athletics, band, forensics, dance, music, theatre, and other events designated as official by an authority as determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Official university recognized activities include the observance of any religious holiday listed on the university’s published calendar of religious observances, as well as other observances brought to the attention of the Provost’s Office.

Jury Duty

Jury duty is an approved absence. If you receive a summons for call to jury duty, it is your responsibility to notify instructors and work with them to address the absence in advance.

Ada County allows one 3-month postponement per year. For more information on requesting a postponement, go to the Juror Questionnaire page and select postponement on the left side of the page.

You should respond to any summons as soon as possible upon receipt.


Ada County Courthouse
200 W. Front Street, Room 4117
Boise, Idaho 83702
208 287-7570, ext. 0 (telephone)
208 287-7570, ext. 1 (reporting line, after 5:00pm)
208 287-7579 (fax)

Firefighter Extension

The university recognizes the role of firefighters in protecting the State and region’s natural resources. Boise State University extends the deadlines for firefighters for admissions, registration, fee payment, housing check-in and dropping or adding a class each fall semester. You must provide proof of status as a firefighter to request the extension.

Boise State’s Office of Enrollment Services coordinates all requests for extensions for firefighters. You or a family member should contact the university at (208) 426-2384 for assistance.

Enrollment Services coordinates with departments and faculty on your behalf. Where possible, faculty allow you to catch up with missed assignments. For courses where it is not reasonable to make up missed assignments, you are withdrawn from the course without penalty. Assignments missed during service are not waived.