This notice is to clarify the purpose of your visit to the Student Health Center doctor's appointment in the process of obtaining a beard exception.

Exception Clarifications


1.) The beard exception is not granted by the Student Health Center. The purpose of the appointment is to enable the doctor to confirm the presence of a serious skin condition. Since the physician is charged with the responsibility of actually seeing the presence of the skin condition, this observation can best be made if the patient has shaved every day for at least three days prior to the appointment. The patient's medical history alone is not sufficient.

2.) The patient will be charged for a doctor's appointment whether or not a serious skin condition is diagnosed. Therefore, it is in the patient's best interest to make sure the condition is present and visible enough for the doctor to make the diagnosis based on physical findings at the time of the visit, rather than solely on the basis of the patient's medical history.

3.) If the doctor is able to make the diagnosis based on the physical findings at the time of the appointment, he/she will notify the Honor Code Office of the diagnosis and make a recommendation relative to a beard exception. The Honor Code Office will notify you of the decision.

4.) Once you have completed your exam with the doctor, you will need to report to the Honor Code Office to complete the process.

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