Medical Excuse Policy

Student Attendance Flexibility

This message to all faculty and instructional staff has been approved by Dr. Sally McRorie, Provost and Executive Vice President

Due to the marked increase in nonspecific (non-COVID, non-flu) viruses, faculty and instructional staff are requested to afford more flexibility to students who are sick. This includes relaxing standards for documentation from University Health Services (UHS), Case Management Services (CMS), or other medical providers during this time of increased illness. In addition, student access to documentation might be limited in some cases, because UHS recommends that students with flu symptoms who do not require medical attention stay home to recover. Please note that verification from CMS is never needed if the student has verification of a doctor's visit from UHS or another medical professional. 

Students with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and possibly vomiting/diarrhea) should limit their contact with others until the fever is gone. 

Thank you for doing what you can to keep our campus community healthy. 

Last updated 10/21/21

Visit Verification

Students who have been evaluated at University Health Services (UHS) for medical conditions, psychological conditions, illnesses or injuries may receive a Visit Verification, which documents the date and time the student was seen at UHS. 

Visit Verifications do not constitute a medical excuse from work or class. At the discretion of the Healthcare Provider, documentation of restrictions in physical activity or home care may be provided as appropriate. Unless specifically requested by the patient, UHS does not place a diagnosis on a Visit Verification. 

Nurses, including Triage Nurses, may not issue Visit Verifications. Diagnostic Imaging Staff may not issue Visit Verifications. 

Visit Verifications will not be issued for a student who received medical care at another healthcare facility. The student must request a Visit Verification from the facility that provided the medical care. 

If a patient significantly improves prior to the estimated return date, or the illness continues longer than estimated, the patient may need to obtain an additional note. If a patient needs additional time for recovery prior to returning to class or work, they must return to the UHS Healthcare Provider prior to the original estimated return date. 

UHS staff do not release information about a patient's medical or psychological condition to Administrators, Instructors, Parents (except when a student is a minor) or Employers without the patient's permission and a signed release. 

UHS does not provide Visit Verifications ("class excuses") for routine visits or minor medical issues. It is recommended that students schedule these appointments at a time that does not conflict with class or work whenever possible. Examples: Physicals, Allergy Injections, Immunizations, Routine Prescription Refills, Dressing Changes, Ultrasounds, Blood Pressure Checks, etc. 

This policy is consistent with peer institutions and reflects our commitment to maintaining patient confidentially and supporting meaningful dialogue between students and faculty. 

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