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Excused Absence Information

MSU will only provide “COVID-19 excused absences” for students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 though a CLIA-approved lab test (PCR or Antigen test administered by a test site or healthcare provider).  All other circumstances will be governed by UAR 131 Excused Absence Policy.

A.  Sick or COVID-19 symptoms

  • Absences are only excused in accordance with the MSU Excused Absence Policy
  • Student must provide medical documentation (e.g. doctor’s note) to substantiate the excuse.
  • If the student subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 via a test administered through a COVID test site or healthcare provider, then go to C.
 

B.  Positive “At Home” COVID-19 test

  • Absences are only excused in accordance with the MSU Excused Absence Policy. Medical documentation (e.g. doctor’s note) is required to substantiate an excused absence.
  • At-home test results will not be accepted for excused absences. Student should get a lab administered rapid test and/or PCR test. 
  • If the student subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 via a test administered through a COVID test site or healthcare provider, then go to C.
 

C.  Isolation due to positive COVID-19 test administered by a COVID test site or healthcare provider (PCR or Rapid Antigen test)

  • Student must submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form
  • Office of the Dean of Students will notify student’s instructors that the student is excused for up to 10 days from either:
    • Date of symptom onset.
    • Date of COVID-19 Test, if student has no symptoms.
  • Student may return to class after 5 days if symptom-free and if a mask is worn.
  • If the student must extend isolation past 10 days, then the student must provide medical documentation (e.g. doctor’s note or health department notice) to covid-19@moreheadstate.edu

D.  Quarantine due to an unvaccinated/under-vaccinated student having Close Contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

  • Absences are only excused in accordance with the MSU Excused Absence Policy
  • Student must provide medical documentation (e.g. doctor’s note or health department directive) to substantiate the excuse.