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Student Affairs COVID-19 Response.

Medical Excuses and Withdrawals

Medical Excuses from Class:

Students will receive an automatic notification that they were seen in the Health Service.  Privacy regulations prohibit us from releasing any information without the patient's permission.  However, the student may share information they were seen, along with the automatic notification.  

On the Academic Affairs website, under the Syllabi Policy and Statement Information page, all course syllabi should include the following: The Student Health Services DOES NOT write medical excuses for students who miss a class for illness or injury. However, faculty may call Student Health Services at (828) 262-3100 to verify the day and time the student was seen. The nature of the student's illness or problem will not be divulged unless the student has signed the appropriate release of medical information.

A complete document of the Attendance Policy, including the above statement, can be found at this link.

Medical Withdrawal

The policy for medical withdrawal and retroactive withdrawal has changed.

Please see the Office of the Registrar for details.  They can be contacted through their website at

Request for Class Load Reduction

For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, all classload drops, including those that have already occurred, will be judged as being impacted by COVID -19 so will not count as career drops.  Because of this temporary policy change, all requests for classload reductions for any reason in the 2020-21 school year need to go directly through the Registrar's Office.  No documentation of medical issues will be required for drops during this school year.  No approval is required by the Student Health Service.  The Registrar's telephone number is 828-262-2050.   The policy will likely change after the pandemic passes.

The last date to drop for Fall 2020 is Friday, December 18 at 11:59PM.