University Health Service (UHS) does not provide students with excuses for absences or tardiness from classes due to illness or injury. Class attendance is an administrative matter between faculty and students. We believe this policy reinforces the students' responsibility to communicate directly and proactively with faculty about conditions that interfere with their class attendance. Part of our mission at UHS is to teach appropriate health care consumerism. The practice of providing medical excuses sends mixed messages to students about the appropriate use of health care resources.
We encourage students to speed their own recovery and to refrain from spreading infections such as colds and flu throughout the campus community by making mature decisions when they are too sick to attend class or go to work.
We recognize the faculty/professors seek equitable means of determining when to excuse student absences, however, in most cases we are unable to determine if the student is too sick to attend class, since this is very subjective. Consistent with other benchmark Universities, we have established a 3 tier system for students to communicate with professors regarding class absences:
Tier 1- Explanatory Statement of Absence from Class (Hard copy PDF form): This is a form available on the UHS website that can be completed by students who are experiencing a minor illness or an exacerbation of a chronic illness that prohibits class attendance but does not warrant a visit to the medical clinic. The student should submit the completed form to applicable professors. We encourage students to speed their own recovery and to refrain from spreading infections such as colds and flu throughout the campus community, including our clinic, when they are experiencing an illness that can be managed with self-care. Furthermore, we are teaching appropriate health care consumerism.
Tier 2- Electronic Verification of Visit (Via email): If requested by the patient, an email is sent to the patient after a visit to UHS. This will confirm their medical visit. Students who are contagious to others will receive an additional email instructing them to stay home from school and work. The student may elect to forward the email/s to applicable professors as proof of their clinic visit/illness
Tier 3- Restriction of Activities (hard copy form): This form is completed in the patient's Electronic Health Record and states any applicable restrictions based on illness or injury. The form is printed and given to the patient. Restrictions will be placed on students who have communicable diseases and/or illness/injury that would further harm the student or the community if restrictions were not in place.
We appreciate the many ways in which faculty and other members of the campus community support and assist students during such absences.