University Health Service excuse policy
Faculty, professors, and Students may view the University Health Service Student Statement of Absence Policy below for further information. Students may download the Explanatory Statement of Absence from Class, at the link beginning the Tier 1 explanation.
Student Statement of Absence Policy
University Health Service does not provide students with written 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 healthcare consumerism. The practice of providing medical excuses sends mixed messages to students about the appropriate use of healthcare 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: This is a form available on the UHS website which 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. This form can be completed and submitted to the student’s professors. As stated above, 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.
Tier 2- Electronic Verification of Visit: This email will be sent to the student after a visit to UHS. This will confirm their medical visit. The student can forward this email to applicable professors.
Tier 3- Restriction of Activities: This is a form which will be completed in the patient’s Electronic Health Record and will state any applicable restrictions based on their illness or injury. The form will be printed and given to the patient. Restrictions will be placed on students who have communicable diseases and/or illness/injury which would further harm the student 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.