Medical Excuses

Medical Excuses

Excuses for Absence from Class for Non-Emergency Medical Reasons

It is the policy of the Western Washington University Student Health Center to not provide medical excuses for short-term absences that result in missed classes, exams, or assignments due to illness or injury. This includes medical excuses for a COVID-19 illness.  In certain circumstances where the illness or injury is prolonged (an absence of more than five days) and requires medical attention or hospitalization, we will work with students to provide appropriate documentation.

This policy is similar to most major universities and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association.

Students are instructed to contact their instructor in the event they need to miss class due to an illness, injury or an emergency. While absence from class should be a rare occurrence, the Student Health Center encourages students to make mature decisions when they are too sick to attend class. Students can print out the dates they were seen through MyWesternHealth (see below).  All decisions about the impact of an absence, as well as any arrangements for making up work, rest with the instructors.

How to Print Student Health Center Dates of Service

If you were seen at the Student Health Center, you can print out the dates you were seen from MyWesternHealth. From any computer (not your phone) follow these simple instructions:

  1. Log into MyWesternHealth
  2. ​Click on "Appointments" on the left side of your screen
  3. Print this information
    1. Windows: Press and hold the "ctrl" key on your keyboard and hit the "P" key on your keyboard 
    2. Mac: Press and hold the "command" key on your keyboard and hit the "P" key on your keyboard