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General Concerns
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legitimate concern from a dishonest excuse. Unfortunately,
shifting this to a health care provider damages patient
confidentiality, reinforces inappropriate use of medical
resources and penalizes students who manage their illness
through self-care. It also undermines the university’s
expectations of student academic integrity.
When illness (or claims of illness) interferes with academics,
faculty and students must resolve concerns with appropriate
honesty and trust. A faculty member can express caring or
unease, make referrals to advisors or services or help a
student assess his or her ability to follow through on
academic commitments within a given timeframe. While
meeting expectations is likely to be important (to both
student and professor), providing flexibility where possible
(and when fair to other students) will go a long way toward
relieving pressure on the student and may assist him or her
in healing/recovering more quickly.
If a student has not been seen by a health care provider and
medical attention seems appropriate, encourage him or her
to make an appointment at the campus health office.
Students with more serious health disorders will sometimes
request a short (1-2 weeks) or long (1-2 semesters) term
medical leave of absence. Protocols for applying for and
granting medical leave, allowable time frames for a student’s
return and the expectations of students on leave will vary
across campuses. On occasion, students will make
arrangements with a faculty member to complete work