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Palladino's List of Excuses He Collected and Published*
"My stepsister's mother-in-law's cousin died in California and I had to go."
A distraught student called to say a family member had died and she would not be able to make the exam or to take any makeups during her religion-prescribed mourning period of six weeks. Later, when she arrived to take a makeup, she confessed that the family death was a cat.
Two students apologized for not letting the faculty member know they would miss a class. They said they were allowed only one phone call.
A student who was arrested and jailed missed class but provided a note from the bailiff.
"I'm being evicted from my apartment because my cousin was found with drugs."
A student called a faculty member at home at 2 a.m. on a Monday morning. The obviously inebriated student slurred the following message: "I'm going to be too hungover to take the exam at 10 a.m. in the morning—I'd like to take a makeup."
"My dog needs surgery and I have to be there early for the workup, so I will be too tired to be in class today."
"My dog had surgery last week, as you will recall, and I have to have the staples removed today."
"I can't find my keys, I think my dog ate them. You know, the one who had surgery two weeks ago."
A student came to class to give her required presentation. At break, she asked the instructor if she could leave early because her presentation was done, her dog was in labor, and she wanted to be present for the birth.
"I finished my paper days before it was due—even before the weekend—but I left my sunroof open and it rained and the paper floated away."
"I missed class because I thought today was Saturday."
"I can't come to class because I was away for Spring Break where it was warm. Now it is cold and it is too much change."
"When my alarm clock woke me up this morning, I was at the climax of a very vivid dream and I wanted to fall back to sleep to see how my dream ended. However, my logic proved faulty, and I lost the conclusions of my dream forever. Oh well, you win some you lose some."
"I missed class today because I had to pick up a package from UPS. The package contained a shipment of live, red-eyed tree frogs. If I didn't pick them up by 11 then the insurance would not apply if they died in transit."
* Eye On Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology's magazine