Policy on Appointment Attendance Documentation

We do not provide medical excuse notes. The vast majority of legitimate excuses for missing classes, exams atheltic 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 an Absence Form for self-verification of an illness that can be used to begin a dialogue with your instructor. We also include a letter for your professor, coach, or work supervisor explaining that we do not provide excuse notes.

At Student Health & Wellbeing Services we believe that the policy not to provide absence excuses promotes 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 (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.