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Absence Excuse

Wilce Student Health Services can provide verification of visit notes for any scheduled visit. It will not include a diagnosis or a recommendation for missed activities. If an individual has a significant medical illness or injury that will necessitate substantial time off from school, we will provide medical documentation at the time of the visit. It is at the discretion of the instructor if work or exams missed during an illness can be completed at a later time. As is set forth in the University Rules, each department or school may make its own rules relative to occasional absences by students from scheduled activities. Should an absence occur as the result of an illness or medical appointment, please contact your instructor as soon as possible.

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

At Student Life Student Health 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).

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

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