Students who, because of a genuine reason such as illness, are unable to sit the end-of- semester examination(s) should submit a medical certificate issued by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO)/University Medical Officer (UMO) of the University of Colombo or a valid Medical Certificate recommended by the CMO/UMO within a week of the date of the missed examination, along with the perfected form issued by the IDC. Only MCs recommended by the CMO/UMO will be accepted by the Faculty. The CU(s) will then be considered incomplete.  When the CU(s) is offered again, students can sit for the end-of-semester examination and
complete the CU(s) at a future date without hindering their prospects for a class. Therefore, the IDC urges all undergraduates to take utmost care in the matter of submitting MC(s), in order to minimize/avoid inconvenience.

The UMO will consider MCs issued only by a government Hospital/District Medical Officer. MCs issued by private medical practitioners will be considered only in the case of medical leave for less than five (05) days. In such a situation, students are required to forward MCs to CMO/UMO with the form issued by the IDC within seven (07) days of the last date of recommended medical leave. In addition, the CMO/UMO may request documents, such as receipt of payments for the MC from a Government Hospital, prescription(s) of the medicine taken, test reports if any, etc.

Please refer to the guidelines on the submission of medical certificates by undergraduates during the period of examinations (url is :

Students, who are unable to sit for the final examination due to genuine reasons other than illness, can make appeals to the Appeal Board with supporting documents. The Appeal Board carefully scrutinises such applications before arriving at a final decision. All such appeals are required be handed over to the IDC within two weeks from the date of the examination.

Students can withdraw CU(s) from the end-of-semester examination due to valid reasons. Students who wish to do so should submit their request to the Coordinator of the IDC, along with supporting documents, two weeks before the end-of-semester final examination begins. Once withdrawn, all continuous evaluation results pertaining to the unit(s) will also become null and void (refer also FAQ 4 and 5)