“Email the student. Send them to the dean of students if there are extenuating circumstances that need to be dealt with. Talk to someone like Nancy Metz.
“What should I do if a student returns after an absence and says they’ve been sick but they don’t have a doctor’s note?
“Send them to the dean of students and let them try to distinguish fact from fiction. Also, you can let them keep attending but put the burden of make-up work totally on them.”
“Email the student after two or three absences. If you get no response, or an unsatisfactory response, email the Dean of Students office (email@example.com), saying that the student has been absent without notice, and that you are concerned. http://www.dos.vt.edu/”
“I ask the others ‘does anyone know if Jon is alive and moving?’ and usually someone in class texts them to find out. If we don’t hear back, I email the student. I deal with freshman, mostly, so I watch out for them more than others will. I also establish a BASEGROUPS during the first week of class—each group has 4 students; they share email addresses so they can get in touch with eachother about misunderstandings of assignments & stuff that I don’t have time to go over again. The basegroup also keeps eachother going… they usually end-up becoming good friends, study together, do extra workshopping together, and a bunch of them end-up dating eachother. (seriously.) So if someone is missing, I ask the basegroup what’s going on. Usually they know.”