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Medical Certificate??????

Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 20, 2003

In Reply to: Medical Certificate?????? posted by Shae on October 19, 2003

: : : Further down, Christopher Moran asked a complicated question that included use of the word 'aegrotat'. What does this mean? My searches reveal that it appears to be an Academic award perhaps for a course that you may not even have completed. Although my search results have been inconsistent. Some say incompletion due to illness. Others are more general.

: : : Does anyone know the precise meaning and what kind of word this is. Is it derived from a combination of words, some ancient base, someone's name??? Any clues?

: : :: Further searches reveal that it's a medical certificate??? OK, I need enlightened assistance.

: It does seem to have something to do with illness and healing. L*tin words beginning with 'aeg,' mean sickness, e.g.'aeger' = sick, infirm, sad, sorrowful, painful. So, I'm guessing that aegrotat is a person who is qualified to address those symptoms.

1 (in British and certain other universities, and, sometimes, schools) a certificate allowing a candidate to pass an examination although he has missed all or part of it through illness
2 a degree or other qualification obtained in such circumstances
[ETYMOLOGY: 19th Century: Lat*n, literally: he is ill]

Aegrotat standing is the granting of credit for a course in which the required examination was not taken. The credit will be a mark/grade based on evaluation of achievement in the term work in the course. Aegrotat standing may be granted only for a student who has been unable to take the required final examination for medical or compassionate reasons.

A request for Aegrotat standing must be submitted to the Dean of the student's Faculty or School of registration, normally before the end of the regular examination period. An application must be accompanied by documents supporting the request. The Dean may grant Aegrotat standing on the recommendation of the instructor or department concerned. It shall be denied if, in the opinion of the Dean and the instructor or Department concerned, there is insufficient evidence on which to base a mark/grade. The Dean will inform both the student and the Registrar's Office in writing of the decision as soon as possible.

If Aegrotat standing is awarded, such standing will not be noted on the transcript or grade report and the mark will be recorded as for any other course. If such standing is not granted, the student may petition the Dean for the privilege of writing a special examination.