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September 9, 2009

Dear University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus student:

This 2009 H1N1 flu message focuses on what you should do about class work and about notifying your instructor if you become ill.

If you become ill with 2009 H1N1 flu symptoms:

Notify your instructor by e-mail that you are ill with 2009 H1N1 flu and ask to find out how to make up missed classes, tests, and assignments.

No doctor’s note is required for class attendance purposes from students who have symptoms associated with 2009 H1N1 flu.

Do not come to class until your fever has abated without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.

While you are recovering, consider these strategies:

Stay informed: Watch for e-mail updates, updates on the course Moodle or WebVista site, and other communications from the University and your instructor. Check the University’s 2009 H1N1 flu Web site for updated information.

Stay on schedule with your coursework: You are still responsible for material presented during classes you miss, and you need to make arrangements with the instructor or other class members to find out what was covered. Even if you miss classes, you are responsible for meeting all course requirements, observing all deadlines, examination times, and other course procedures.

Keep up through classmates: The University encourages students to take and share notes in their classes and laboratories. If your instructor agrees, ask a classmate to record classes or see if you can participate remotely, for example, by listening through a classmate’s cellphone speaker phone.

Take advantage of SMART Learning Commons (undergraduates): The SMART Learning Commons is preparing to support undergraduates in danger of falling behind due to flu-related absences. Students may meet one-on-one with an experienced peer for free consulting in a specific content area in any of three Twin Cities campus locations. Many students will already be part of weekly Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) groups, and the schedules of these groups may be altered due to high absenteeism. Additionally, review workshops covering concepts associated with various high-enrollment, lower-division courses will be scheduled mid-semester. For consultant schedules, PAL session variances, and workshop postings, monitor the SMART Learning Commons Web site.

E. Thomas Sullivan
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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