Excuse Policy

Absence Verification (Excuse) Policy

The Fredonia Student Health Center has adopted a strict policy of not writing notes for missed classes for routine illnesses. Students are encouraged to visit the health center when they do not have class. 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. This policy is well publicized as it is posted in the health center, is included in all publications and is also on our web site.

In keeping with Fredonia's Class Attendance Policy, if the student is absent for less than three consecutive days, they are encouraged to work with their faculty members regarding their absences.  In the event of three or more consecutive days of absence due to serious health issues, for class absence verification, medical documentation (including the dates of absence) is required and will need to be provided to the Office of Enrollment and Student Services.

Due to a strict adherence to our Privacy Policy, the Fredonia Student Health Center will not release any specific health information to faculty or staff. If a student wishes to have his/her medical information released to their primary care physicians office or to that of a specialty physician, they will be able to do so by completing an “Authorization for release of medical information form” found in the Student Health Center, and on our web site.

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