What If I Need to Miss Class?

There is no university attendance policy. Each professor will indicate their attendance expectations, usually on the course syllabus. If you are ill, the most effective way to inform your instructor and Advising Dean that you are not attending class due to illness, is to select the Short-term Illness Notification option in Tufts' Student Information System (SIS) under Student Living (WebCenter). This alerts your instructors and your advising dean about your illness, but it does not excuse you from the work. It is very important to communicate directly with your instructors about missed work. If you must miss an in-class midterm or final exam due to illness, you must go to Health Service prior to the scheduled exam to request medical documentation in order to be excused from the exam. Health Service will not provide medical documentation for an exam after the scheduled exam date.

If you are sick for more than a day or two, schedule an appointment to visit Health Service for diagnosis and treatment. You should also get in touch with your Advising Dean if the illness is affecting your academic work.

If you have other circumstances that cause you to miss class, such as long-term illness (physical or emotional), bereavement days, or other personal matters, we encourage you to meet with your Advising Dean.

If you must miss class for a religious observance or holy day, please inform your professor well in advance and negotiate a plan to make up any missed work or assignments for that day.

COVID-19 Protocols

Due to COVID-19 precautions, Health Service will not see students on a walk-in basis and will not provide exam excuse notes until further notice. If you are ill on the day of an exam, you should stay home if the class is in-person. If you are on-campus and need medical attention, please call Health Service to schedule an appointment. Review your course syllabus for policies surrounding missed exams and their impact on overall grading. Contact your instructor prior to the exam to let them know you are sick and not able to participate in the exam when scheduled. Work with them to explore alternative options. If you have medical documentation from an off-campus healthcare provider, please give it to your Advising Dean instead of your instructor.