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Messages for University Faculty

November 18, 2009

Dear University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus faculty member,

We are writing today to remind you to find ways to accommodate ill students during this unusual flu season.

As we approach the final weeks of fall semester, some students will feel tremendous pressure to attend class, even if they are feeling ill. Students were sent an e-mail today reminding them to stay home if they are ill with flu-like symptoms.

Here is a recap of information sent to you earlier this semester from Provost E. Thomas Sullivan:

Use technology to deliver messages and course content

  • Use e-mail, Moodle, or WebVista to update students on assignments and schedules.
  • Use the "e-mail all" function in UM Reports to keeping in touch with students.
  • Check out the UThink resource and the wiki for faculty.
    Additional resources are listed in the provost's Sept. 1 message to faculty.

Be flexible as recovering students catch up

  • Students have been asked to stay away from class until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using any fever reducing medicine.
  • Some students experience extreme fatigue as they recover from H1N1.

Boynton Health Service will continue to send you information about the availability of seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccine.


Kathleen O'Brien, Vice President for University Services and Officer of the Day

John Finnegan, Assistant Vice President for Public Health and Dean, School of Public Health

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