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Cornell University Health Excuse Policy

Gannett Health Services
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269

Gannett Health Services does not provide excuses for routine illnesses, injuries, and mental health problems that may lead to missed classes, labs, studios, exams, or deadlines. This longstanding policy resembles those of most other major universities and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association. Cornell University expects that students are honest with their professors regarding their ability to complete work, and professors are expected to work with students on these issues. Academic advising staff and associate deans are available to provide assistance to students or faculty members who have concerns about attendance issues.  

Assistance with serious, ongoing illness or injury

When a student is hospitalized or has a serious, ongoing illness or injury, and with the student’s consent, Gannett Health Services will contact Cornell’s Crisis Manager to coordinate communication with the student’s college. If the student and Gannett clinician believe that providing information about a significant, ongoing health problem (not a short-term illness) could facilitate appropriate academic accommodations, Gannett will, at the student's request and with the student’s permission, communicate with the college’s academic advising office and/or Student Disability Services.

Print this policy

If professors or instructors request that you present a health or medical excuse from Gannett, please print a copy of this document to give to them. If you have ongoing concerns related to their request, please talk with your academic advising or dean's office.

Cornell University Health Excuse Policy (pdf)