Learn more about UVM's Center for Health and Wellbeing Policies

Confidentiality and Privacy Practices

Your care is strictly confidential. By law, we are not permitted to release any information about your care to anyone outside the Center for Health and Wellbeing without your explicit permission, including UVM officials, faculty, family, or friends. 

More about our confidentiality policy

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Every relationship you have with a health care provider includes certain rights and responsibilities. We see this relationship as a partnership, and we are dedicated to upholding your rights. We also expect that you will understand and abide by the responsibilities we have outlined. Quality care depends on active participation and direct communication on our part and yours. These rights and responsibilities define the parameters of our care relationship.

More about Your Rights and Responsibilities


Class Absence Due to Illness

If you are sick or injured and require hospitalization or an extended absence from classes, the Center for Health and Wellbeing can notify your Dean’s Office as long as you give us explicit permission. The Dean's Office will then contact your faculty. The Center for Health and Wellbeing will not provide written medical excuses for class absences due to short-term illness.

More about our policy on class absence due to illness

Medical Withdrawal

UVM offers medical withdrawals from in-progress courses if issues related to your health interfere with your ability to meet your course requirements. These can be either for individual courses or for all your courses. This policy also allows the University to remove a student via an Involuntary Medical Withdrawal in circumstances where a student’s health causes a student to pose a threat to others or significantly disrupt the life of the community. 

If you need to speak with someone about a need to medically withdraw from coursework, you should begin this conversation with the Student Services Office in your School or College.

More information on medical withdrawal

Short-Term Medical Accommodations

If you are in need of a short-term medical accommodation that is not covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), this policy outlines the processes for getting medical accommodations at UVM. 

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Treatment of Minors

State of Vermont law dictates that any individual under the age of 18 is considered a minor and that in many circumstances is not capable of giving informed consent to their own medical care. This the Center for Health and Wellbeing needs permission from your parent or guardian before offering you non-emergency treatment. 

More information on treatment of minors