Guidelines for Students with Children

The first responsibility of students enrolled at UNC Asheville is their commitment to academics.  However, the university recognizes that some students have parental responsibilities that occasionally may affect their decisions about class participation and/or participation in other academic-related activities.  Thus, students are expected to observe the following guidelines.


  • Children are not to be left unattended on campus for any reason at any time.
  • In no circumstances should sick children be brought into the classroom.
  • Students with parental responsibilities should speak with each faculty member about the possibility that these responsibilities may affect class participation prior to the end of the drop/add period at the beginning of each semester.

Examples of issues to be discussed include, but are not limited to the possibility of:  (a) needing to miss class to attend to a sick child or (b) needing to transport children to and from school/daycare and/or other activities.
The extent to which circumstances will be accommodated or affect a student’s ability to achieve course objectives will be left to the discretion of each faculty member.  Students may choose to stay in the course or drop.  Again, it is emphasized that students should have this conversation prior to the end of the drop/add period.