For COVID-19 concerns
Find out the procedure for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Students can submit a short-term absence form for short-term medical accommodation without documentation like a medical note. Short term absence forms are not applicable for final exams.
Missed final exams, major course requirements or extended absences
If you miss a final exam because of an unexpected medical situation, you may be able to write it at a later date with a DEF notation. Follow the steps here for missed final exams. Note that many cases do not require medical notes.
If a long-term medical situation interferes with your final exams or major course requirements, your first step is verifying if you need a medical note. For information about missed final exams, you can consult with the Exams Office. For missed coursework, please contact your professor.
If your case does require a medical note (for example, replacing a grade with a MED notation), the medical note should:
- Be issued by the medical practitioner who knows your situation best – medical notes do not need to be from Concordia Health Services.
- Indicate the presence of objective (measurable and observable) symptoms of an illness or injury that is serious enough to justify the absence.
- For missed final exams, medical notes must be written by a doctor and the examination must take place prior to the final exam.
Note that a medical note is not a guarantee that you will be excused from course requirements. Final discretion is left to your professor and/or the Exams Office.
For staff and faculty
If a student, staff or faculty member cannot work because of an illness or injury, a doctor may provide a medical note under the following conditions:
the doctor must evaluate the person at the time of illness;
the medical examination indicates the presence of objective* symptoms of an illness or injury; and
the illness or injury must be serious enough to justify absence from work.
*Objective symptoms are those that are measurable (e.g., fever, swelling, redness) or observable (e.g., discharge or fracture).