Students requiring a Doctor’s Note to verify an illness must see a physician while they are ill, in order to have it documented. If this occurs during regular clinic hours, come to HCS. There is a $20.00 charge for medical certificates.

If an illness occurs when the clinic is closed and you get a note from a physician off campus – make sure it is on their professional letterhead. Only the attending physician who personally diagnosed the student at the time of their illness can write the note.


  1. Speak to the professor about the problem first. Faculties determine accommodation for medical reasons, therefore, if you anticipate being unable to fulfill academic requirements because you are sick, call the professor first.
  2. If you still require a note, come to Health and Counselling Services while you are unwell and experiencing symptoms. Physicians cannot document an illness they didn’t treat.
  3. Verification of illness will be assessed by an available physician.

Doctors notes may not always be issued for the following reasons:

  • Missed classes/labs except in extenuating circumstances.
  • Minor illnesses (e.g. colds, flu).
  • Past illnesses that have been resolved and that there is no documentation for.
  • Obvious injuries (e.g. broken bone in a cast).

All of the above can be discussed with your professor.