Student, in October: I was super sick for two weeks and am struggling to catch up. Here are my medical forms (that do not cover the right date range), can I write the midterm later?
Me inward sigh: Yes, you can write the alternate date, which gives you an extra four days to prepare/catch up.
Student, day of alternate midterm: I am very unprepared and am not going to write this. (almost a direct quote)
Me: Ok, but you have to provide a medical note covering today for me to be able to shift the midterm weight to the exam, otherwise you will get 0 on the midterm. Do this by the end of the week.
Student: total and complete radio silence.
Me, in early December: Dear student, my records indicate you never submitted the required forms – I am willing to accept them at this time, please email them to me this week.
Student: radio silence for two full weeks. Writes exam. Exam mark decent, but with 0% midterm, student will fail course. Student notably also has a zero in class participation, the bonus marks of which would have allowed a pass in this situation.
Student, today: Can I come by your office tomorrow? Also, did I pass the exam, I am worried I might fail the course.
Me: Yes, come by tomorrow, we can talk about your specific situation. Braces for tears, histrionics, and the like, because I am not passing this student unless they provide medical documentation for the missed alternate midterm, which I guarantee they do not have.