University at Albany

Medical Excuse Policy

In accordance with the Undergraduate Academic Council’s Revised Policies on Student Absences Student Health Services will only provide medical excuses to students for medical conditions that prevent a student from attending an exam or a full week of classes and meet the following conditions:

A Student Health Services provider is involved in the medical care;
The condition is deemed significant by a medical provider in Student Health Services;
Based on examination by a Student Health Services provider, the student is advised not to attend class.
The student has proof of a documented hospitalization

In general, the following conditions will NOT warrant a medical excuse:

  • A request for a medical excuse from Student Health Services for verification of an illness after the illness is over.
  • You miss class or an exam for an appointment at Student Health Services.
  • A respiratory infection without significant fever.
  • Gastroenteritis (vomiting / diarrhea, unless there is fever and/or severe dehydration).
  • Musculoskeletal conditions which do not prevent ambulation (such as minor ankle injuries, wrist sprains, etc.)

Students are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty regarding class attendance and/or completion of class assignments when the illness or injury does not meet the criteria outlined above.
Further information regarding University attendance policies with regard to illness and emergencies can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.