Medical Excuse Note Policy
Effective Academic Year 2012 / 2013
The revised policy presented below is congruent with policies of those campuses nationwide that recognize the adult relationship between college students and their instructors. Attendance/ participation policies related to specific courses should be outlined in class syllabi and communicated to students by their instructors. Sickness is only one of the many reasons that a student may not attend class. Ultimately, attending class is the responsibility of a student.
The health care providers at the Health Center will not write excuse notes for illnesses or problems regarding students for whom they have not provided care.
- Students sometimes have illnesses, psychological conditions, or injuries that cause them to miss class. An excuse note will be written only when the student has been treated by a Health Center staff member and he/she has deemed it necessary for the student to be out of class for a particular date or dates. Under no circumstances will the diagnosis be placed on the note unless requested in writing by the student.
- If the medical condition extends more than three days, Learning Services will be notified. Details will only be given by the Health Center to Learning Services with the student’s written permission.
- In the event that a note is required by the professor in situations other than the above, it is suggested that a “Statement of Absence from Class” form be completed by the student and given to his/her professors. Falsifying absence from class is a violation of the Moravian College Academic Honesty Policy, which states in part that “students may not offer a falsified excuse for an absence from an examination, test, quiz, or other course requirement, directly or through another source.”
Stella Gordon, R.N.
Health Center Coordinator