Military Institutional Excuse Form
NAU Military Institutional Excuse Policy:
A military institutional excuse is granted to a student to participate in military events/drills based on
official military orders. This also covers medical appointments with the Department of Veterans
Affairs, including treatment and referrals to non-VA facilities. Please submit your request at least 10
days in advance of leave to allow time for processing.
The military excuse is first validated through appropriate documentation by the Director of Veteran
and Transfer Services with final approval by the Dean of Students. Class Instructors are required to
honor the military institutional excuse. To honor this excused absence means to permit the student
to complete in advance or to make up after the absence (at the discretion of the instructor) academic
assignments, quizzes and examinations missed during the time covered by the military excuse when
the student was not in attendance. There is no penalty for classes missed attendance points
deducted with an approved military institutional excuse.
Students are responsible for notifying class instructors and giving them a copy of the approved
military excuse form at least 5 working days (or one class period if the class meets less frequently
than every five days) prior to start of the time period it covers. Class instructors are not required to
honor military excuses presented to them less than the stipulated time period stated in the previous
Given the challenges that students face in gathering appropriate documentation from their
Commanding Officer, the student will have two business days upon their return from drill or other
military orders to provide the appropriate supporting documentation. If the documentation is not
provided within the two business day timeframe, the military institutional excuse request will be
rescinded and class instructors will be notified by Veteran and Transfer Services.
Click here to access the Military Institutional Excuse Form