b'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 universitys 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 students return and the expectations of students on leave will vary across campuses.On occasion, students will make arrangements with a faculty member to complete workGeneral Concerns140'