When a student is absent from class due to illness or injury, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate with his/her professor and to follow the requirements of the professor regarding the course work missed. Penalties for absenteeism depend upon the policy and discretion of the professor, as outlined in the course syllabus.
Written notification to professors regarding student absenteeism due to illness is provided by the Assistant Vice-President of Student Development at the direction of the Health Center staff. Only when a student is hospitalized or has an extended illness requiring three or more consecutive days of absence or hospitalization is the letter issued. The letter is issued only with written verification from a physician. The written notice can be brought in or faxed to the Health Center (563-588-7659).
Professors wishing to verify other cases of student absence due to illness or injury may call the nursing staff of the Health Center at 563-588-7142 or 563-588-7540.
Dates on which the student received care can be verified if permission has been granted by the student; other health information is confidential. Written notification is not provided for individual classes missed due to illness.
In some cases such as mono. a physician may give a student a class excuse with the instruction to attend classes as tolerated. The student is required to contact the Health Center either by stopping in, phone call or email on the days that they are not able to attend class with a condition report.