This policy has been in place for many years and reflects our respect for students' medical privacy and our educational mission to help them become mature and independent stewards of their own health care. Our policy is consistent with the policies of many peer institutions, as well as with the medical excuse recommendations of the American College Health Association.
We recognize that faculty and staff seek equitable means of determining when to excuse student absences, and we believe this policy reinforces the students' responsibility to communicate directly and proactively with faculty/staff about conditions that interfere with their class attendance. We encourage students to speed their own recovery and to refrain from spreading infections such as colds and flu throughout the campus community by staying home when they are too sick to attend class or go to work. We appreciate the many ways in which faculty and other members of the campus community support and assist students during such absences.
In the event that a student needs to miss class due to an illness, injury or an emergency, the Student Health Services recommends that the student contacts their professor(s) and/or the Dean of Students office, preferably before the class or exam takes place, to inform them of the absence. All decisions about the impact of the student's absence on their grade, as well as any arrangements for making up work, rest with the student's professors/instructors.
Please reference: UW-Stout Class Attendance Policies