The average number of medical excuses presented for the Midterm Exams by enrolled students was 1400 medical excuse, as stated by Dr. Osama, from the Clinic. The number, he said, was greater than the previous semesters’ which ranged from 1200 to 1300.
” I always submit medical excuses, I find midterms are not important to waste time on. I can leave the whole weight for the final and get better grade.” said a 16- Engineering student. Another13- Business Informatics student said that submitting medical excuses is a chance to “get more prepared for the finals.”
Some advising students, however, do submit medical excuses because more than one exam was scheduled on the same day.
On the other hand, Seif Mostafa (may he rest in peace) said, “I don’t find any purpose of faking a sickness while I could just try to study harder or actually try to put a good schedule to follow instead of living haphazardly daily…”
He continued saying, “I will just give it a try and study as much as I can and get to my exam and solve whatever I can instead of just giving up.”
Dr. Osama mentioned that accepting or rejecting the medical excuse depends on the sickness itself. The procedure goes as follows; the medical excuse is first submitted at the clinic, the doctor reads the medical excuse and sees if it’s ridiculous or not. It is then sent to the professor of the subject who gives the final acceptance or refusal.
Dr Osama also added that if the number of excuses coming from one hospital was big and if they were all of the same sickness, they realize it is fake and thus rejected. He mentioned that he is aware some hospitals do sell out medical excuses for 50 pounds each.
The student is also asked of the symptoms he/she feels and accordingly it is either approved or rejected.