[Wsssc] Student Absence for Reasons of Faith or Conscience

Matthew Campbell MCampbell at pierce.ctc.edu
Tue Feb 16 16:25:19 PST 2021

Both! 😉 One role at Pierce, so they ultimately go to the VP of Learning & Student Success.

Policy, forms, etc. are included at this link: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/policy-faith-conscience

I don’t believe we’ve every denied one and it be rare that we would, though this helps us track and support the student. We’ve not (yet) gone back to review the policy for unnecessary barriers or bias.

Kind regards,

Matthew Campbell, Ed.D. (he/him/his)
Vice President, Learning & Student Success
Pierce College Puyallup

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Reply-To: Christina Castorena <christina.castorena at email.edcc.edu>
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:55 PM
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Cc: WSSSC <wsssc at lists.ctc.edu>
Subject: Re: [Wsssc] Student Absence for Reasons of Faith or Conscience

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At Edmonds College, it's the VPSS. The student submits a request for leave, I approve/deny. If the request is approved, I send the student an email/letter that they give to their faculty. The student then works with the faculty directly on any appropriate accommodation for missing the class(es).

Christina Castorena, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)
Vice President for Student Success
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On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 1:49 PM Cruse, Michele via wsssc <wsssc at lists.ctc.edu<mailto:wsssc at lists.ctc.edu>> wrote:
Good Afternoon Colleagues:
We are in the process of updating our process/protocols re: the Student Absence for Reasons of Faith or Conscience.

The question is:  Does the VPSA or the VPI facilitate and approve the request at your institution?

The policy is below

Postsecondary educational institutions must develop policies to accommodate student absences to allow students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization, so that students' grades are not adversely impacted by the absences.


Dr. Michele Cruse
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
Pronouns: she/her/hers
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