Macdonald Campus Medical Notes

Guidelines on Medical Notes and Accommodation for in-course assignments, tests or exams and course outlines for students taking courses on the Macdonald Campus ONLY

At no time are you required to divulge specifics around your illness to your course instructor(s). Undergraduate students taking courses on the Macdonald Campus who are seeking medical accommodation for tests/assignments/exams, must submit a request to the Student Affairs Office (SAO) directly, by email, rather than to individual instructors.

  • You must ensure the note includes the following important elements:
    • Indicates your full name (and McGill ID#, where applicable).
    • Be from a healthcare practitioner licensed to work in Canada who has observed and diagnosed your condition.
    • Indicates the health practitioner’s name, title, address, license #, and signature.
    • Indicates the date the practitioner consulted with you and on which they observed your symptoms. Specifies your inability to attend or to complete your course(s), including: The date(s) on which you were unable to complete your coursework. The date on which you’ll be able to resume your studies (ie. the prognosis for your return to health)
    • Is in English or French (translations must be from certified translators)
  • The following is a list of registered and licensed health practitioners deemed acceptable:

    • A Psychologist, Psychotherapist, or Social Worker

    • A Physician, Psychiatrist or Surgeon

    •  Nurse or Nurse Practitioner

    • A health professional from the McGill Student Wellness Hub

  • Submitting your documentation
    • By email: If you need medical accommodation for any in-course activity (ie: assignments, tests, midterms) for medical or other health emergencies, please send medical documentation, in PDF version, along with a completed accommodation submission form ( by email to the Macdonald Campus Student Affairs Office (saoadvisor.macdonald [at]
  • The decision
    • A team at SAO will review your documentation, and inform you and the relevant instructor(s) by official email notification of our decision within two working days.
    • Once you have received this decision by email, it is then your responsibility to discuss accommodation arrangements with your instructor(s). The final decision about the type of accommodation is made by the course instructor, in consultation with you. These accommodations may include, but are not limited to, handing in an assignment late, reweighting of other assignments, or perhaps a make-up test.

**Please note that if you are taking a course at McGill anywhere other than on the Macdonald Campus, and are seeking accommodation in that course, you will need to follow the process relevant to the Faculty that oversees the course.

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