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General Concerns
Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time
was an international best seller, and Hawking has
won numerous awards for his work on laws that
govern the universe. He is the Lucasian Professor
of Mathematics at Cambridge University in
England. At age 21, he was diagnosed with
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and became
depressed. His first wife says that about a year
after his diagnosis “his personality was
overshadowed by a deep depression” and “this
revealed itself in a harsh black cynicism.” Hawking
has experienced recurrent bouts of depression
after that.
Each college or university is likely to have policies governing
whether medical excuses will be provided for students who
have missed classes, exams, or due dates for papers or
projects or share patient information with faculty. Often,
such policies are based on the recommendations of the
American College Health Association.
Such policies must safeguard patient confidentiality, educate
students about appropriate use of health care and take into
account the finite resources of the institution. Students and
faculty should resolve concerns that arise when illness