Policy on Appointment Attendance Documentation

HSU's Health and Counseling Centers do not generally provide medical excuse notes. The vast majority of legitimate excuses for missing classes, exams athletic training or events, or work (such as colds, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, etc.) do not lend themselves to objective confirmation, especially after the fact. Most of these conditions require self-care, not an office visit. We have provided an Absence Form for self-verification of an illness that is not required but can be helpful to begin a dialogue with your instructor. We also include a note for your professor, coach, or work supervisor explaining that the reasons many campuses such as ours do not provide excuse notes. If you have an ongoing condition that requires accommodation, including a withdrawl, you will wish to begin by speaking immediately and directly with The Student Disability Resource Center. Our health providers are also unable to provide documentation required after-the-fact for retroactive withdrawals if you have not been working with them previously. 

At Student Health & Wellbeing Services we believe that these policies support the philosophical and educational foundation of higher education; namely to model and nurture honesty, integrity, and citizenship in emerging adults.”[1] Students are expected to be honest with their professors regarding their ability to complete work, and professors should work with students on these issues while upholding the integrity of the learning environment for everyone (Tyler, 2016) [2].

[1] Corson-Rikert, Janet; Christmas, William. The Medical Excuse Game Revisited. J Am Coll Health.March/Apr 2009;57:561-563 

[2] Tyler, B. (2016, January/February/March). Ethical Issues of the Medical Excuse Policy. ACHA Action News letter, pp. 10-11.