Dean’s Excuses

A Dean’s Excuse is a paper form signed by the residential college dean that authorizes the postponement of written work or exams during term-time due to the following exceptional circumstances as stated in the Yale College Programs of Study:

1. Incapacitating illness or condition of any kind

2. Death in the family

3. A comparable emergency

4. Observance of religious holy days

5. Required participation in intercollegiate varsity athletic events

Dean’s Excuses are limited in scope and only cover the postponement of assignments, quizzes, tests and other phenomena with a deadline that is ‘postponable.’ In all other cases of work missed during the term, only the instructor has the authority to decide whether or not the student is permitted to make up the work, so the student should contact the instructor directly. When contacting instructors, remember that you do not have to disclose confidential information if you feel uncomfortable doing so.

If you ever find yourself in one of the exceptional circumstances listed above, contact Damaris (; 203-432-0502) as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with Dean Bilsky.