How should students who are ill, have tested positive, or need to quarantine be accommodated?

Updated Sept. 15, 2021

Instructors should accommodate students who need to isolate or quarantine due to Covid-19 — or students who test negative for Covid-19 but have symptoms similar to it, or who have any other illness and choose to stay home in the interest of protecting others — as they normally would have accommodated ill students before the pandemic. Students should not be instructed that they have to have a doctor’s note to be excused from class. This practice unnecessarily utilizes limited patient appointment slots and can prevent those with serious illness from being able to schedule care.

Students who are experiencing longer-term symptoms or illness due to an active Covid-19 infection should be referred to the Office of Disability Services to determine if temporary academic accommodations may be warranted.