Syracuse University Health Services does not issue notes or medical excuses requested by patients/students. Doing so creates an undesirable climate for health care professionals and disempowers students. Responsibility for class attendance and completion of assignments rests primarily with the student, who assumes responsibility by communicating directly with faculty.
In compliance with the Syracuse University Health Services Policy, Student Health Services will only provide medical excuses to students for medical conditions that meet the following conditions:
In general, the following conditions will not warrant a medical excuse:
Note: Students are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty regarding class attendance and/or completion of class assignments when the illness or injury does not meet the criteria outlined above. A Syracuse University Health Services medical provider will usually offer a note at his/her discretion, if he/she deems it necessary for the student to miss class.
Medical Exemption: If a licensed health care provider caring for a student certifies in writing that the student has a health condition which is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted. This statement must specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental. Provisions need to be made to review records of temporarily exempted persons periodically to see if contraindications still exist. In the event of an outbreak, medically exempt individuals should be protected from exposure. This may include exclusion from classes or campus.
Religious Exemption: A student may be exempt from vaccination if, in the opinion of the institution, that student's genuine and sincere religious beliefs are contrary to the practice of immunization. The student requesting exemption may or may not be a member of an established religious organization. Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by the student if 18 years of age or older, or parent(s), or guardian if under the age of 18. The institution may require supporting documents. In the event of an outbreak, religious exempt individuals should be protected from exposure, which may include exclusion from classes or campus.
An exemption must be mailed or faxed prior to arrival at Syracuse University.
The use of the non-emergency medical transportation service will be limited to the following:
Syracuse University offers an excellent on and off campus transportation system via the Quad Shuttle and Centro busses. All bus schedules arw available from Parking & Commuter Services and can be found online or at student centers around campus.
There will be no transports to local pharmacies or the Onondaga County Health Department unless it is a referral or request from the Health Services staff.
Green authorization slips will be required for all transports.