Class attendance

University Health Service (UHS) does not provide students with 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. 

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 three-tier system for students to communicate with professors regarding class absences: 

Tier 1- Explanatory Statement of Absence from Class (PDF, 117 KB): This form 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. The student should submit the completed form to applicable professors. 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. Furthermore, we are teaching appropriate health care consumerism.  

Tier 2-  Electronic Verification of Visit  (Via email): There are many illnesses and injuries which render the student unable to attend class, but are not considered communicable diseases. These students are sent an electronic verification of visit to confirm they have sought care/treatment at our clinic.   Examples of Tier 2 illnesses include but are not limited to respiratory infections (strep, sinusitis, bronchitis), GI infections (stomach flu), depression/anxiety, migraines, rashes,  sprains and fractures

Tier 3- Restriction of Activities (hard copy form and/or email): Students who have communicable diseases and/or illness/injury which would further harm the student and/or the community are given written and/or email restrictions. Examples of communicable diseases include respiratory influenza and mumps.    Examples of illnesses which could cause further harm to the student include infectious mono. An example of injury which could cause further harm includes concussion.  

We appreciate the many ways in which faculty and other members of the campus community support and assist students during such absences.

Page last updated: 9/23/2016 11:58:34 AM