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.
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 three-tier system for students to communicate with professors regarding class absences:
Explanatory Statement of Absence from Class (PDF, 117 KB): This form can be
completed by students who are experiencing a minor illness or an exacerbation
of a chronic illness which 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): There are many illnesses and injuries which
render the student unable to attend class, but are not considered communicable
diseases. These students are sent an electronic verification of visit to
confirm they have sought care/treatment at our clinic. Examples of
Tier 2 illnesses include but are not limited to respiratory infections (strep,
sinusitis, bronchitis), GI infections (stomach flu), depression/anxiety, migraines, rashes,
sprains and fractures
Tier 3- Restriction
of Activities (hard copy form
and/or email): Students who have
communicable diseases and/or illness/injury which would further harm the
student and/or the community are given written and/or email restrictions. Examples of communicable diseases include respiratory
influenza and mumps. Examples of illnesses which could cause
further harm to the student include infectious mono. An example of injury
which could cause further harm includes concussion.
We appreciate the many ways in which faculty and other members of the campus community support and assist students during such absences.