Redfern does not provide an excuse for class absence. However, there is a feature available in Blackboard on the Students tab that allows you to quickly notify your professors of an absence from class, whether anticipated or unanticipated, University-sponsored functions, illness, even hospitalization. All the notification requires is a brief explanation, dates and times. Based on the dates and times you select, your instructors are automatically selected, but you have the final say in which instructors receive the notification. Though it does not serve as an official “excuse” from class, it does open the dialogue between you and your professor for further communication. As you know, class absence is a matter between the student and professor. If you are unable to report the absence by computer, you can call the Dean of Students Office at 864-656-0471 and someone will be happy to assist you.