Absences and Excuses

The Health and Wellness Center does not provide class excuses for minor illnesses or injuries that result in absence from classes.  However, we do provide Verification of Illness forms for serious illnesses or injuries.

Absences Due to a Routine Illness/Injury

For absences related to a routine illness (such as a cold, flu, etc.) or injury, you should correspond directly with the faculty members as soon as possible regarding the situation.  Ideally, this should be done before you miss a class, exam, or other evaluative activity.  The Health and Wellness Center does not provide a Verification of Illness form for a routine illness or injury.

Absences Due to a Serious Illness/Injury

For absences due to a significant and prolonged illness or injury, the Health and Wellness Center, in conjunction with Student Affairs, may provide the Verification of Illness form.

Verification will only be provided for serious illnesses or injuries where either:

  • The clinicians at the Health and Wellness Center clinicians provided the service(s).
    OR
  • Appropriate medical documentation from outside clinicians is provided to the Health and Wellness Center.

Information for Faculty

Please refer to the University Faculty Senate's policy for class attendance (42-27) regarding students who miss class.

If you have questions about a specific student's absence, you may contact the director of the Health and Wellness Center.  However, due to patient confidentiality, the Health and Wellness Center cannot release specific information concerning the nature of an illness or injury without the student's consent.