University of St. Thomas Health Services Excuse Policy

Excuse Notes

University of St. Thomas Health Services does not provide excuses for routine illnesses, injuries or mental health problems that may lead to missed classes, labs, studios, exams, projects or deadlines. This policy resembles those of most other colleges and universities and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association.

Students have the responsibility to attend their classes and complete their coursework. University of St Thomas expects that students will contact their instructors directly regarding illnesses that interfere with their ability to attend class or complete assignments. This includes short term as well as prolonged absences. Instructors are expected to work with students on these issues, using their own discretion for the impact on course outcome.

Assistance with Serious, Ongoing Illness or Injury

If the student and Health Services believe that providing information about a significant health problem (i.e. hospitalization, surgery or illness for more than one week) could facilitate appropriate academic accommodations, Health Services will at the student’s request and with the student’s signed release, provide a letter of documentation for the instructor. If the medical services for the significant health problem were provided by an off campus provider, the student should request such information from that health care provider. If a student has developed an ongoing disability related to a health problem or medical event, additional resources may be available through Disability Resources.