University Health Service

Girl with a fever

As a student, you lead a busy life with no time to be sick. And if you do get ill, your ability to do well in school may be compromised depending on the length and severity of your illness.

If you are ill, you can still do a lot to stay on top of your studies. Here are recommendations.

As soon as you realize you will miss a class or lab, notify your professor or instructor. 

LSA students can use the LSA Illness Reporting website to help facilitate initial communication with your instructors. When you submit a report of illness, LSA will notify your instructors and advisors regarding the date they started to miss classes. This notification does not constitute an excused absence.  LSA expects that you, as soon as you can, will contact each of your instructors regarding options for making up missed work and possibly providing documentation of their absence, if required by individual instructors. 

Check the syllabus to be sure you know what is expected.

Contact a classmate and ask to make a copy of his/her notes for your review.

If you're lagging behind, contact your professor or instructor. Email or visit during office hours and explain what's happening, to the degree you feel comfortable doing so.

Consider asking for an extension for any projects you are unable to complete on time.

Ask your academic advisor's advice about keeping up. If you're not sure who your academic advisor is, you can see Academic Advising.

About medical excuses: UHS can provide a "Visit Verification /Medical Statement," which most U-M instructors accept. If you must drop a class for medical reasons, we may be able to provide documentation.

And most importantly, take good care of yourself – getting enough rest (see Sleep) and eating well are key to recovery and academic success. If you live in a residence hall, did you know that you can request Feel Better Meals