It is the policy of the Student Health Service not to provide medical excuses for short-term absences that result in missed classes, exams, or assignments due to illness or injury. In certain circumstances where the illness or injury is prolonged (an absence of more than five days) and requires medical attention or hospitalization we will work with students in providing appropriate documentation.
The decision for our policy is based on our limited resources, which are better dedicated to providing health care access for as many students as possible rather than toward verification of short-term medical absences; the inability for us to make valid determinations about illnesses or injuries that have been effectively managed by self care; and our commitment to student privacy.
This policy, endorsed by the Office of the Provost, is similar to other major universities; is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association; and is in accord with the university policy that does not require its employees to provide a written medical excuse for short-term medical absences.
Students are instructed to contact their professor or teaching assistant in the event they need to miss class due to an illness, injury or an emergency. While absence from class should be a rare occurrence, Student Health Service encourages students to make mature decisions when they are too sick to attend class. All decisions about the impact of an absence, as well as any arrangements for making up work, rest with the instructors.
Any questions relating to the policy may be directed to the Office of the Provost.