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Absences Related to Injury or Illness


This page is maintained by Student Health Services for the convenience of students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M University.  It does not replace or supersede the Texas A&M University Student Rules.

In accordance with the recently approved TAMU Student Attendance Rule, an injury or illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class will need to be documented.

For an injury or illness of three or more days, a student may be asked to provide a class excuse completed by a medical professional.

For injury or illness that requires a student to be absent from classes for three or more university business days, the student should obtain a medical confirmation note (class excuse) from his or her medical provider. Student Health Services or an off-campus medical professional can provide a medical confirmation note only if medical professionals are involved in the medical care of the student. 

Utilization of Student Health Services does not guarantee that a class excuse will be given. Each patient is given a receipt upon payment for services; however, this is not a class excuse and is solely for insurance purposes should the student choose to file a claim. Students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors if they are going to miss class for any reason. 

For an injury or illness less than three days, a student may be asked to complete the Explanatory Statement for Absence from Class form. 

A faculty member and/or academic department can request confirmation of the injury or illness by having students complete the Explanatory Statement for Absence from Class form.

The student will initiate this process by completing the form either online or manually. The form must be printed and signed. It is our understanding that emailed or other electronic copies will not be accepted. Submission of the form does not guarantee an excused absence. The choice to excuse or not excuse the absence is left to the discretion of the faculty member or academic department.

An absence for a non acute medical service does not constitute an excused absence.