Limits on Remote Adjustments for In-Person Courses

Summary of Policy

All Dartmouth courses are taught "in-person" unless explicitly indicated with an alternative delivery method (e.g., "hybrid" or "remote"). Students enrolled in "in-person" courses are expected to participate in course meetings and activities in person. This policy outlines the degree to which exceptions may be made for remote attendance to "in-person" courses.

While courses with alternative delivery methods are not covered by this policy, it remains the students' responsibility to abide by all rules, restrictions, and limitations defined by course instructors and the relevant school.

Affected Parties

All Students

Policy Statement

All Dartmouth courses are taught "in-person" unless explicitly indicated with an alternative delivery method (e.g., "hybrid" or "remote"). Dartmouth expects students to participate in their selected classes, labs, and other course activities (e.g., drill) in-person.

Students may request a temporary adjustment to this in-person expectation if they cannot attend course meetings and activities in person due to circumstances such as illness or other medical reasons, family emergencies, etc. Such adjustments are made at the discretion of the course instructor. Instructors may, but are neither expected nor required, to grant a student request for a temporary remote course adjustment. When student-requested adjustments are supported, they may not exceed 14 consecutive calendar days of remote engagement, or 20% of total course contact hours (whichever period is less).

The 14 day/20% contact hour limitation on remote participation does not apply to students with an approved, disability-related, reasonable accommodation. Students considering a disability-related, reasonable accommodation for remote participation should contact the appropriate disability and accessibility office at their earliest opportunity, as accommodations are not retroactive and require time to evaluate and implement. Instructors are required to support reasonable accommodations, including remote attendance, when arranged by the appropriate disability and accessibility office.

International students on Dartmouth F-1 or J-1 sponsorship may be subject to additional limitations. It is the students' responsibility to maintain their immigration status. International students should consult with their OVIS advisor to learn more.

For graduate-level courses with significant off-site components, additional policies and/or restrictions may apply.

Students enrolled in some areas of study (e.g., HCME) may also require approval from their program office before engaging in any remote work, even for a short period of time. It is the students' responsibility to request course adjustments from the appropriate instructor or office.

Policy ID


Effective Date

January 2, 2024

Last Revised Date

November 20, 2023


Office of the Provost

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of the Provost

Last Reviewed Date

November 20, 2023

Next Review Date