Excuse Note Policy
The Student Health Center does not provide medical excuses, to students in situations where there are no objective physical symptoms or findings (such as stomach complaints or headaches) or when a student has self-managed symptoms which have resolved without treatment from the SHC. In such cases, it is not possible for us to verify or validate the illness. If a student is ill and cannot attend class but does not have a condition that warrants a medical evaluation, they should not schedule an appointment solely for the purpose of obtaining a note.
In circumstances where the SHC staff determines, through objective medical findings, that a student’s illness warrants a medical excuse be written, our staff will, of course, continue to do so. These may be situations such as a student with a fever over 101 F; a student with active vomiting or diarrhea; or a student with a communicable disease such as influenza or strep throat. Regardless of the reason for a visit, we will provide a verification of appointment (day and time) without specific medical information if requested by the patient.
Office of Advocacy and Support Resources
The Office of Advocacy & Support (OAS) is committed to building a culture of care that empathetically supports, empowers, and respects the autonomy of GW community members. OAS will be a leader in fostering a community that values and promotes healthy relationships through confidential support and prevention programming. OAS will be a resource for GW community members experiencing trauma, or any other form of violence. Their team will partner with our community to cultivate a safer, healthier, and more informed campus and society.
You can find more information on their website. We also have several fliers below that may be pertinent to GWU Faculty and Staff: