The Funeral and Bereavement Policy is included below the appeal policy for convenience.
APPENDIX M – Student Funeral and Bereavement Rights and Appeals
From Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities Section 1.6.9 Right to Funeral and Bereavement Leave
a. Students will be excused from class for funeral leave in the event of the death of a member of the student’s immediate family or household, including: father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson and stepdaughter. The number of excused absences allowed is determined by the distance of funeral services from Muncie, Indiana, as follows:
Three work days - Within 150 miles radius of Muncie
Four work days - Between 150-300 miles radius of Muncie
Five work days - Beyond 300 miles radius of Muncie
Seven work days - Outside of North America
If the student is unable to attend the funeral services, the student will be allowed three work days for bereavement.
b. In the event of the death of a student’s stepmother-in-law, stepfather-in-law, brother-in- law, sister-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew, and niece, students will be allowed one work day.
c. A student may contact the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards to request that an informational notice (without verification) be sent to the student’s instructor(s). The student will provide documentation to each instructor. Given proper documentation, the instructor will excuse the student from class and provide the opportunity to earn equivalent credit for assignments missed. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome, he or she may appeal as outlined in the Ball State University’s Procedure for Student Bereavement Leave Appeals. (See below.)
Procedures for Student Funeral and Bereavement Leave Appeals
A. To initiate a Funeral and Bereavement Appeal, the student must request a review of funeral and bereavement conflict by contacting (in person, by phone, or by letter) the faculty member, or in his or her absence the department chairperson. Students are strongly encouraged to request the review as soon as the funeral and bereavement conflict becomes apparent, but must request the review no later than ten (10) school days after the start of the next academic (fall, spring, or summer) semester following the semester or summer session in which the funeral and bereavement conflict occurred. The faculty member, or in his or her absence the department chairperson, must respond to the student’s request within ten (10) school days after receipt of the request.
B. If the matter cannot be resolved with the faculty member, the student must inform the department chairperson of the disagreement with the faculty member and present the student’s side of the dispute. The department chairperson will then attempt to resolve the dispute by consulting all affected parties.
C. If the department chairperson cannot resolve the dispute to the student’s satisfaction, the student may continue with the appeals process by contacting the Dean of the College in which the department resides. The Dean will then attempt to resolve the dispute by consulting all affected parties. If the Dean of the College cannot resolve the dispute to the student’s satisfaction, the student may appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will consult all affected parties. The decision of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is final.
D. In the case that the faculty member involved in the appeal is the administrator next in the line of the appeal process, then the appeal will move directly to the next level.
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