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Excuse Notes

Students may experience medical conditions, psychological conditions, illnesses or injuries that require them to be away from the classroom or workplace, or that affect their ability to perform optimally in class or on exams. While the Student Health Care Center (SHCC) is happy to provide excuse notes in certain circumstances, there are restrictions.

The SHCC can provide an excuse note only if we are involved in your medical care for three or more days, or in limited cases of severe illness/injury if medically indicated. If you are seen at the SHCC, we can provide a Verification of Visit form showing when you were here; however, this IS NOT considered an excuse note. There is no circumstance in which the SHCC can provide a note if you were not seen by our providers.

Per UF policy, students who are absent from classes/exams because of illness should contact their instructors. If a professor subsequently requires a note for a medical absence of fewer than three days, then the professor must provide the SHCC with a written request on UF departmental letterhead.

Excuse notes are written by SHCC medical providers (MDs, PAs or ARNPs). When applicable, a standardized letter is completed and scanned into the patient’s electronic health record. PLEASE NOTE: If a patient receives care for their illness or injury from a non-SHCC medical provider, they must obtain an excuse note from that medical provider.

  • If a patient significantly improves prior to the estimated return date, or the illness continues longer than estimated, the patient may need to obtain an additional excuse note. If a patient needs additional time for recovery prior to returning to classes or work, they must return to see the SHCC provider prior to the original estimated return date.
  • Unless specifically requested by the patient, the SHCC does not place a diagnosis on an excuse note. SHCC staff does not release information about a patient’s medical and/or psychiatric condition to UF administrators, instructors, parents (unless the patient is a minor) or employers without the patient’s express permission and a signed release.