Sadly I've caught the sickness bug from school, and so my partner emailed in on my behalf as I was throwing up and literally was a mess. He did so and was really polite saying I had been sick and would be off for the remainder of the week as he knew it was 48 hour rule. I had all good intentions of sending a follow up when the sickness has passed as I know the school prefer to hear from us personally. At around lunchtime yesterday I then receive a telephone call from my head whilst I was hidden in the depths of my bed feeling awful, saying that I should have emailed and not him. I apologized and said that I asked him as had been really bad and just didn't have the energy to sit and email between being sick and running to the loo. She seemed ok with that, however then said, I know you have an assignment due, what are you going to do about that? I'm currently studying through the OU and have an assignment due in on the 20th of this month, the course is self funded by myself and the school have nothing to do with it as I had signed up before I commenced working there, i'm now in my final year. What's upset me is it made me feel like I was taking the time off to do my work and not throwing my guts up, which went on from 4am until 11am yesterday! I've been really upset since, thinking they don't believe me and am now petrified of going back to work on Monday as fearful about what has been said behind my back. I'm employed as a TA and not once have I ever taken time off to do an assignment as my working hours allow me time in the evenings to do it. I'm not quite sure what to say to her as I am so angry at that comment and want to log a complaint as she had no right to ask me something like that especially as it's nothing to do with her about my course or assignments and doesn't affect the school, but the fact that I have caught the bug that is going around school and is spreading and was quizzed about an assignment I feel is out of order. What do I do?