Class Excuse Policy

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Pat Walker Health Center shares your goal to engage students in the academic experience at the University of Arkansas by attending class.  Attendance in class is similar to showing up for a paid job.  Attending class and engaging in the educational process is a high priority as well as a reflection of the value of the education in the classroom.

The Pat Walker Health Center is committed to assisting students in achieving a high level of personal health as well as being a part of a healthy community. To this end, we provide health education as well as treatment services.  The Pat Walker Health Center Medical Services are available on weekdays and Saturdays with a high priority not to schedule a student for health care during a time which interferes with class attendance.  

Historically, students and faculty have relied on medical excuses as a method to confirm that students were unable to attend class.  Unfortunately, these excuses are often requested after recovery from an illness or injury and do not, in fact, reflect any interaction with a health care provider.  In addition, the Pat Walker Health Center is limited in the amount of information it is able to provide about a student’s medical condition by state and federal law.  For these reasons, the Pat Walker Health Center Medical Providers will not give class excuses.

Students and faculty may find it useful to use the Absence from Class Form. It is hoped that this will allow the student and faculty member to have appropriate communications about class absences.

Mary Alice Serafini
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs/
Executive Director, Pat Walker Health Center