Students interested in attending osteopathic conferences, lobby days, specialty-focused meetings, or any medically or educationally related presentation offered while classes are in session must submit a written request for an excused absence at least 30 days prior to the event date. In the case of students on clinical rotations, the request must be made at least 30 days prior to the start of the rotation during which the event will occur. The student must be in good academic standing and receive written approval from either the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean for Clinical Education to attend the event. Students are advised to receive this approval prior to making travel arrangements. Any costs incurred due to a student being denied approval to attend an off-campus event are the sole responsibility of the student.