Using the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) for missed academic work

McMaster recognizes that students may miss academic work due to illness or other personal reasons. While you may be able to catch up by using materials posted online or by communicating with your peers or instructors, in other cases you may miss scheduled work and assessments — assignment due dates and test dates, for example. You can review the Policy on Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work for more information.

September 28, 2022

There are two pathways for reporting missed work and requesting relief

1. Online McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)  

This is an online self-report available on Mosaic. It must be completed as soon as you return to academic work. It may be used for missed academic work worth less than 25% of the final grade, resulting from medical or personal situations lasting up to three (3) calendar days, covering work missed during that period. 

You are responsible for: 

  • Completing the online self-report (MSAF) that is available through Mosaic as soon as you return to academic work as it covers the three days prior to submitting the form. 
  • Reporting all missed work for which relief is required within the three-day absence on the MSAF form in order for relief to be provided. 
  • Reviewing the course outline(s) for information on Relief of Missed Work and for instructor contact information. 
  • Contacting the instructor for each course with missed work as soon as you complete the online MSAF, to find out from the instructor what relief will be provided. 
  • Completing the required missed work for all course(s) promptly, as determined by the instructor(s). 

Documentation is not required. 

2. MSAF Report through your Academic Advising Office 

For a) medical or personal situations lasting more than three (3) calendar days; and/or b) missed academic work worth 25% or more of the final grade; and/or c) any request for relief in a Term where the MSAF tool has been used previously in that Term, a student should contact their Faculty/program Academic Advising Office. 

You are responsible for: 

  • Contacting your Academic Advising Office as soon as you return to academic work. 
  • Reviewing the course outline(s) for information on Relief of Missed Work and for instructor contact information. 
  • Contacting the instructor for each course with missed work as soon as you and the instructor(s) receive notice that the request has been processed, to find out from the instructor(s) what relief will be provided. 
  • Completing the required missed work for all course(s) promptly, as determined by the instructor(s). 
  • Providing supporting documentation to your Academic Advising Office, as appropriate.