Student Health Services Medical Excuse Policy

At the discretion of the faculty member and/or academic department standard, as outlined in the course syllabus, illness confirmation may be obtained by one or both of the following methods:

  • Texas A&M University “Explanatory Statement for Absence from Class” form available at shs.tamu.edu/forms.
  • Confirmation of visit to a health care professional affirming date and time of visit

Student Health Services at Texas A&M University does not give medical excuses (doctor’s notes) for missing classes. Granting an excused absence falls within the purview of, and at the sole discretion of, the faculty member. Texas A&M University views class attendance as an academic issue and as an individual student responsibility. Students are expected to attend class, complete all assignments, and to be honest with their professors regarding their ability to complete their academic work.

This medical excuse policy is consistent with recommendations from the American College Health Association and the policies of our peer institutions. It also reflects our commitment to maintaining patient confidentiality, teaching students how to use healthcare resources appropriately, and supporting meaningful dialogue between students and faculty.

Beginning with the 2016 Fall semester, Texas A&M Student Health Services will provide three different note options for students that utilize our services:

Medical visit confirmation note for short-term, routine illnesses, injuries, and mental health problems

Student Health Services at Texas A&M University does not provide medical excuse notes for short-term, routine illnesses, injuries, and mental health problems that may lead to missed classes, labs, studios, exams, or deadlines. For students with a current illness, Student Health Services will provide a confirmation of the medical visit to students at their request but this confirmation does not constitute an excused absence. Retroactive notes are not provided.

We urge faculty members to have a conversation with the student that allows them to present their situation and identify how they can fulfill their academic responsibilities while accommodating their short-term illness or injury.

Medical visit confirmation note for short-term activity modifications

Students with short-term illnesses or injuries that render a student, in the clinician’s judgement, unable to perform certain activities for classes or participate in intramural or club sports may be provided with an activity modification note. The clinician recommendation not to participate in certain activities does not constitute an excused absence. Retroactive notes are not provided.

Medical visit confirmation note for hospitalization, serious, contagious, ongoing illness or injury

When a student is hospitalized, has a contagious, serious, ongoing illness or injury, they may be provided with a medical confirmation note, and with the student’s consent, Student Health Services may contact Student Assistance Services to coordinate communication with the student’s academic College. If the student and Student Health Services clinician believe that providing information about a significant, ongoing health issue could also facilitate appropriate academic accommodations, Student Assistance Services may, at the student’s request and with permission, communicate with the appropriate College Dean and/or Student Disability Services.