The UNI Student Health Clinic does not provide medical excuses for missed classes, exams, assignments or work. This practice is similar to other universities and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association.
Regular class attendance is a key component of a student's academic success. At the University of Northern Iowa, the Class Attendance and Make-Up Work policy (3.06) outlines our general campus expectations for attendance, communicating classroom expectations for attendance, and the circumstances in which a faculty member is required to work with a student.
The Student Health Clinic encourages students to make mature, informed decisions about their course attendance. When a student needs to consider missing an individual class or day of classes because they are too sick to attend, the student should consider their absence in alignment with attendance expectations outlined in their course syllabus. Frequently faculty have expectations for attendance and communication about missed coursework in their syllabus. In these circumstances the student should take the lead in communicating directly with their faculty member.