“I’d say this depends very much on the length of the absence. If it has been a couple of days, then I’d simply tell the student she’s responsible for catching up—and give a deadline beyond which you won’t accept the make-up work.
“If it’s a much longer period of time, you’ll need to work with the Dean of Students’ office.
“This is one good reason to keep careful attendance.”
“First of all, have a note on your syllabus and announce at the beginning of the semester that you cannot “excuse” students from class. The student who misses classes because of illness or family/other emergency should contact the DOS office; that office will refer the message to the appropriate persons, who will then send a message to each of the student’s instructors.
“Students who visit Schiffert Health Center are given notes to show to the professors. However, unless the doctor/nurse has told the student to stay in the dorm, that note will reflect just the visit. And sometimes students are legitimately sick, but don’t see a doctor.”