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November 3rd, Election Day

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you are doing well.

We are writing to let you know that Student Government recently approved a bill recommending that Election Day, November 3rd, be considered as an excused absence so that students may exercise this fundamental citizenship right and responsibility. Furthermore, they ask faculty to offer alternative work to make up for the missing work.

In his email address of October 19th, President Frenk urged students to stay engaged and to make their voices count.

While there are ways for students to vote by mail and in advance of the General Election and we have encouraged them to capitalize on these options, the general sentiment that Student Government proposed is laudable and we encourage each one of you to be as flexible as possible and consider allowing students to miss class without penalty.

We have told students that this decision is ultimately up to you and that they should speak to you to explore this possibility.

Have a great rest of the semester,


Guillermo (Willy) Prado, Ph.D. 
Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Dean, Graduate School
Professor, School Nursing and Health Studies


Maria Galli Stampino, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Affairs,
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and College Diversity