In accordance with Academic Affairs policies, Health Services does not provide excuse notes to students.
We encourage all students to communicate with their faculty regarding health situations.
When students are seen in health services, they are given discharge paperwork that can serve as proof of their appointment. This is not to be considered an excuse note, however counseling and self-care recommendations discussed during the visit will be clearly documented. In the case of a readily contagious disease (including flu) students will be given instructions to “self-isolate”. When given these recommendations, students are made aware of RISD’s strict absence policies, and encouraged to communicate closely with faculty.
In the case of hospitalization (and with appropriate consent from the student), Health Services will notify Student Affairs, and an email will be sent to the student’s pertinent faculty.
Per Academic Affairs policy, faculty have full discretion as to how absences are handled from an academic standpoint. We are happy to discuss individual cases with appropriate student consent.