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Class Absence Policy

Seen in Health Services for Minor Illness

If patient is seen in Health Services for a minor illness and student is not expected to miss any or only that day of classes, patient may sign a release of information and the professor may call or e-mail if they wish to get more information.

Seen Outside of Health Services for Minor Illness

If patient is seen at another health facility (prompt care, ED, physician office) for a minor illness, patient is encouraged to bring a copy of the visit to Health Services to place in their chart.They may then take their paperwork to appropriate faculty members as needed. Health Services will not notify.

Seen in Health Services for Moderate to Severe Illnesses

If patient is seen in Health Services and it is determined that patient should not be in class and patient is expected to miss several days of class (examples include but not limited to, mononucleosis, pneumonia, concussion, influenza with fever, mumps, illness that requires additional testing that day, admission to the hospital) a notice will be sent to Student Support Services that they are ill and are expected/instructed to miss class.

Seen Outside of Health Services for Moderate to Severe Illnesses

If patient is seen outside of Health Services for illnesses that we would typically notify Student Support Services (see above examples) and we are notified in a timely manner (within day or two of visit or while still in hospital) with documentation, Health Services will help facilitate and notify Student Support Services of their condition.

Upcoming Procedures

If Health Services is notified of an upcoming procedure (surgeries, chronic medical condition follow-ups, etc.) that will cause them to miss class, we will notify Student Support Services of their upcoming absence and will anticipate documentation when they return to campus.

Chronic Medical Conditions

Students who have chronic medical conditions that may occasionally cause them to miss class should meet with the Medical Director at their earliest convenience to review their condition.Patient may then notify Health Services if they are having a flare of their chronic medical condition and in turn will notify Student Support Services.If patient is noted to contact us frequently about these flares, patient will be expected to meet with Health Services to discuss their current treatment regimen and consider additional options for better management.