If an illness or mental health condition is preventing you from completing an assignment, exam or class on time, you may be able to receive a medical note from a clinician.
Before you request any notes for extensions, deferrals or withdrawal, it is recommended that you consult with an academic advisor.
Medical notes are available from a doctor or a nurse at the practitioner's discretion. You can request a medical note during an appointment.
McGill’s policy on medical notes is as follows:
- Medical notes will only be issued on the day of the missed exam, assignment, project, class or conference. Absolutely no medical notes will be written for past illness (i.e. on a weekend, the day before, etc.).
- Medical professionals do not have the authority to exempt students from exams, presentations, etc. The final decision will be taken by your professor, faculty and/or department.
- No medical notes or confirmations that you presented yourself at the Hub will be issued once the Hub reaches capacity for the day. Because of the high volume of drop-in patients, please arrive as early as possible to ensure you’ll be seen on the day of your exam/class/etc.
If drop-ins have reached capacity, please consult Santé Montréal for a list of off-campus clinics. Please note you may be charged for this service.
While counsellors don't make decisions regarding academic accommodations, they can provide letters of support in certain cases.
If you're seeing a clinician prior to exams or deadlines, you may receive a letter outlining the circumstances that have contributed to any academic difficulties.
Please note that letters are not written after the fact if the clinician has no previous knowledge of the circumstances leading up to the difficulty.
Medical notes from a psychiatrist are written on a case by case basis, but will not be given for the following circumstances:
- As an attestation of the death of a loved one.
- As a document to support missing a lecture or lab.
- As a document in support of your request for an extension on an assignment.
- As an attestation that you experienced a mental health issue in the past.
- In any instance where the request is not based on a mental health concern.