b'STEPHEN HAWKING Stephen Hawkings 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.MEDICAL/HEALTH EXCUSES 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 illnessGeneral Concerns137'