Class Excuse Policy

Responsibility for class attendance and for completion of assignments rests with the student, who should be encouraged to assume this responsibility by communicating directly with faculty member. When indicated for clinical management of a health problem Student Health Services may recommend alteration of academic requirements, such as class attendance or project deadlines.

The Health Service will not be involved in issuing excuses for student illnesses. Faculty members are as capable as medical providers in determining whether these claims are valid by having an adult-to-adult conversation with their students. Requiring a note to return to class is an inappropriate use of medical resources. The student body is better served by having the limited number of appointments available for medically necessary visits. Requiring excuses also hinders the students’ transition to adulthood by continuing to treat them like an adolescent.