In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164 (HIPAA) that protects patient confidentiality, Eastern University will not share health record information, unless such sharing is permissible or required under law.

Generally individual student health records are not retained beyond seven years after a student graduates or otherwise leaves the University. It is highly recommended that students keep personal copies of all of their medical records including records of immunizations and documentation concerning tests for disease.

Students are encouraged to educate themselves thoroughly about patients' rights under HIPAA.


The staff in the student health center does not provide written excuses covering class absences, missed examinations, etc., except under certain circumstances.  At the request of an instructor and with the permission of the student, the health center will verify visits to the student health center.

  • If a student misses a class due to an illness, the student should contact their instructor ASAP to inform them of the absence
  • If a student has an extended illness or hospitalization, the health center should be advised with a physician’s note.  The student health center will advise the Dean of students to notify appropriate faculty.