Policies

The LSSU Health CARE Center will not provide students with medical excuses for absences from class or missed deadlines due to short term illness or injury.

Medical Excuse Policy

The Health CARE Center will not provide students with medical excuses for absences from class or missed deadlines due to minor illness or injury. This policy is consistent with recommendations from the American College Health Association, as well as the policies of other peer institutions. In the event of illness or injury that may disrupt academic responsibilities, the student is advised to contact their professors as soon as possible to notify them of the situation.

Reason for this policy

It is the intent of this policy to help the Health Center direct its limited medical resources to fulfilling its mission of providing quality health care rather than attempting to legitimize a student’s decision whether or not they are well enough to attend class. Many illnesses are mild and self limited, and can be managed quite well by the individual on their own. An appointment made for the sole purpose of obtaining documentation to excuse an absence involves the inefficient use of time and resources on both the part of the student and the Health Center, and serves no medical function. An absence from class is an administrative matter, not a medical one, and the resolution of this matter is between faculty and students. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate directly with the faculty regarding conditions that may interfere with attendance, and any decision about the impact of that absence rests with the faculty member.

Exceptions

In the event a student has been seen at the LSSU Health CARE Center for an illness or injury and it is deemed necessary to be excused from class, we will notify the LSSU Provost’s office. The Provost’s office will notify the student’s professors of this situation. The student will be instructed to speak to their faculty member(s) directly to arrange the appropriate accommodations.