UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
UWRF STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES DOES NOT PROVIDE EXCUSES FOR ABSENCES FROM CLASS. The notifying of instructors and arranging of make-up work in cases involving absence of students from class are the responsibility of the student. A student who is absent should notify instructors by phone, email, or in person of the absence as soon as possible. In serious situations where the student is incapacitated and temporarily unable to contact faculty, family members may contact the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office (715-425-0720) for assistance with these matters. This office then would provide notification (not verification) of the absence to the instructors involved. The Student Conduct and Community Standards Office does not provide excuses for absences from class. Arrangements for make-up work, make-up exams, or possible assignment adjustments are entirely the responsibility of the student. Medical excuses will not be written by staff or providers at the Vibrant Health Family Clinic in River Falls nor by UWRF Student Health Services staff.
Just as the University does not routinely require that its employees provide a written “medical excuse” for absences due to illness, most instructors do not demand that students provide “medical excuses” for their absences that are due to illness or injury.
It is, and has been for many years, the policy of UWRF Student Health Services to not provide such “excuses.” Our reasons are several, including increased costs incurred by Student Health Services for unnecessary office visits, that most illnesses or injuries are effectively and appropriately managed by self-care and do not require an office visit, and that we are committed to protecting student privacy. Our policy resembles those of many other universities. Also, our Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and our Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs support this policy.
This policy is respectful of students, promotes mature behavior in our campus community, and avoids inconvenience for students, instructors, and Student Health Services staff and Vibrant Health Family Clinic in River Falls providers.
In serious situations where the student is incapacitated and temporarily unable to notify instructors of an absence due to illness or injury, the student’s family or Student Health Services may work with the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office to provide notification (not verification) of the absence to instructors for the student.
Alice Reilly-Myklebust, RN, PhD
UWRF Director of Student Health and Counseling Services