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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Influenza Update

February 28, 2018
Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

I have attached the previous influenza (flu) message sent in January and am requesting your continued understanding and flexibility regarding students reporting flu symptoms.  In normal circumstances, I appreciate the strategy of asking students to produce a doctor’s note regarding missing class due to illness. 

We, however, are not in normal times.  Our staff at the Student Health Center (SHC) have been hit hard by the flu and staffing levels are unusually low.  Their ability to produce the current volume of notes requested has overwhelmed the SHC and is driving sick students to the SHC when isolation may be the best tactic. 

Please support the earlier request to be flexible in requiring notes and encourage your students to self-isolate when running fevers and exhibiting flu symptoms.