Excuse/Absence Verification Policy
The Fredonia Student Health Center has adopted a strict policy of not writing notes for missed classes for routine illnesses. When ill or injured, students are encouraged to visit the health center at a time that does not conflict with their class schedule. This policy is well publicized. It is posted in the health center, is included in all publications and is also on our web site.
In the event that a student has a serious illness or serious injury that would affect their ability to attend class, the Office of Student Affairs will be contacted by a medical provider from the Student Health Center initiating a medical restriction from classes for a given number of days. Copies of medical documentation will only be shared with specialists and primary care physicians with an appropriate “Authorization to Release Medical Information” form filled out and signed by the student. Specific health information, including diagnosis, can NOT be released to faculty/staff.
It is our belief, that students at the college level are adults and should be held accountable for attending class and fulfilling course requirements. They are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty if they are too ill to attend class. Faculty members are encouraged to take this policy into consideration when setting standards or requirements for class attendance. Students frequently become ill with influenza, strep, fever and various illnesses. It is in the best interest of all concerned that they do not attend class and spread the illness to others. The student is then responsible for notifying his/her professors that they have such an illness and will not be in class.