It is the practice of SCSU
Health Services not to provide students with excuses for short-term absences
from class or missed deadlines due to illness, injury, or mental health issues.
In the event of a prolonged illness or injury requiring medical attention and
an absence of more than 3 consecutive days of class or repeated intermittent
absences, we frequently work with students to provide appropriate
documentation. Documentation is generally
provided only to those students with whom we have an ongoing or formerly
established relationship or for those students who can provide adequate
medical documentation from other providers for us to verify absence due to
We recognize some faculty
seek equitable means of determining when to excuse student absences, and we
believe this practice 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 throughout the campus community by
making mature decisions when they are too sick to attend class or go to
work. We appreciate the many ways in
which faculty and other members of the campus community support and assist
students during such absences.
This practice reflects our
respect for students’ privacy and our educational mission to help them become
mature and independent stewards of their own health care. It is in accord
with the university policy that does not require its employees to provide a
written excuse for short-term absences.
It also enables Health Services to direct its finite resources toward
providing health care access for as many students as possible, rather than
toward verification of short-term absences for students who no longer need
care. Moreover, in cases of students seeking excuses after a brief illness or
injury that has been effectively and appropriately managed by self-care, our
clinicians may have no direct knowledge about the student’s condition at the
time of the absence.