Short-term absence form

We recognize you may experience unexpected physical or psychological health concerns that affect your ability to attend class or submit coursework on time. The short-term absence form lets you submit your request for short-term medical accommodation without documentation like a medical note. 

The accommodation is designed for temporary situations that involve a brief period of absence within the following parameters:

  • your temporary situation is likely to last two consecutive days or fewer;
  • you are not using the form to cover a period of time in the past;
  • your absence cannot fall in the exam period;
  • your absence won't result in you missing coursework worth 30 per cent or more of your final grade in the course.

In other words, you can only use the short-term absence form for periods during which the coursework (including exams) you will be missing is worth less than 30 per cent.

Once you submit the form, we will automatically let your professors know you will be absent. If your absence will take place within the next working day, please also email your professor directly as soon as possible, once you submit the form. 

It is your responsibility to contact your professor within two consecutive days of your return to clarify how you should fulfill any outstanding academic responsibilities. 

Keep in mind the short-term absence form covers the classes or coursework you missed during your absence, but it does not constitute a request for future academic accommodation.

If you have flu-like symptomsgastroenteritis symptoms or COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and contact the bilingual Quebec helpline: 1-877-644-4545 for a free and confidential consultation. A public health nurse will refer you to appropriate clinical services, as needed. Please also refer to Concordia’s protocols for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

If you would like to make a confidential appointment to speak with a mental health professional, please refer to Concordia’s health and wellness page.

If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, please contact the Sexual Assault Resource Centre for support.

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Frequently asked questions

Technical issues

You may have reached the allowable limit for submitting this form. If this is not the case or for other technical issues, please contact Concordia’s Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS) at or call 514-848-2424, ext. 7613.

If you submitted a short-term medical accommodation instead of a medical absence from, consult an academic advisor as soon as possible and explain your situation.

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