Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered an excused absence?

The following are absences that will be excused by the Office of Student Affairs (with required documentation):

  • Illness - medical documentation required (note from doctor, emergency room verification, etc.)
  • Funeral – funeral program, obituary notice
  • Jury Duty – must bring in documentation of jury service or jury summons form.
  • Mandatory Court Appearance – must bring in a copy of court papers clearly stating date of appearance.
  • School Sponsored Activity – must have a letter from advisor stating group name, purpose, day and time for the absence.
  • Military Service

The following are absences that will possibly be excused by the Office of Student Affairs (with documentation):

  • Auto Problems - documentation required
  • Child Care Needs
  • Mandatory Employment Obligations – letter from employer stating reasons and why it is mandatory
  • Weather

The following are absences that will not be excused by the Office of Student Affairs.

  • Job Interviews (does not include job fairs through ASU)
  • Non-ASU Competitions (ie: State Fair, Stock Shows, etc.)
  • Illness (ie: common cold, flu) without doctor’s excuse
  • Incarceration
  • Weddings
  • Church Related Trips

It is up to the professor’s discretion to let you make up any work missed by an absence, even those excused by the Office of Student Affairs. Please talk to your individual professors concerning any missed classes.

Please visit the Office of Student Affairs (RH 234 or 587-7221) to discuss any absences. Exceptions may be made based on individual situations. The student has 30 days from the date of absence to submit documentation to the Office of Student Affairs. After the 30 days, the absence will not be officially excused by the Office of Student Affairs.

How come I am on Academic Probation/Suspension?

Students are placed on academic probation if their Adams State University GPA falls below a 2.0 after attempting 12 credits. Students remain on probation until they either 1) attain a 2.0 overall GPA or 2) have attempted 24 or more credit hours at ASU with a cumulative GPA of below 2.0, at which time they will be placed on academic suspension for one semester.

Following the one-semester suspension, students may resume their studies on probationary status, with their academic progress monitored each semester until they achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above. Students readmitted following a semester of suspension may be suspended again if they earn a term grade point average below a 2.0.

Can I attend classes the following semester if I am placed on Academic Probation?

If you are on Academic Probation, you may register and attend classes the following semester.

Can I attend classes the following semester if I am placed on Academic Suspension?

No, you can not attend classes if you are on Academic Suspension.

How can I appeal my Academic Suspension?

Students can appeal the suspension standing decision for the following reasons:

  • Student’s term GPA is above a 2.3 but cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0
  • Significant personal hardship

To appeal an Academic Suspension, the student must write a letter to the Office of Student Affairs explaining the circumstances that has caused their cumulative gpa to be below 2.0 and what is going to be changed in the future to ensure academic progress.

How do I process a Complete Withdraw from ASU?

If a student wants to withdraw from Adams State University, he/she will need to adhere to the following:

  • If the student is on-campus, he/she will need to come to the Office of Student Affairs to start the process.
  • If the student is in an off-campus program, he/she will need to send a request to the Office of Student Affairs with the following information provided: reason for withdrawing, date, student ID number. Letters, emails and faxes are acceptable forms of notification.
  • The Student Affairs Office will circulate the withdrawal forms to the various offices on campus to complete the drop.

When is the last day to process a Complete Withdrawal?

The last day to process a Complete Withdrawal is listed on the Academic Calendar each semester.

What do I do if I have a disability?

If a student has a disability, accommodations can be made for the student. The student should contact Isabel Medina Keiser, Diversity Officer, at (719) 587-8226 or isabelmedinakeiser@adams.edu.

Do I have to turn in my immunization records and what shots are needed?

Students are required to provide immunization verification.

The immunizations that Adams State University are required to verify is the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) shots. Every student must show verification of receiving at least two MMR shots. If students are living on campus they must receive the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccination or complete with meningococcal waiver form.