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Information about the 2009 H1N1 Flu

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This Web site is designed to answer all your questions about East Carolina University's proactive response to the 2009 H1N1 flu Virus. If you have any questions, please contact:

Student Health Service
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
East Carolina University 252.328.6841

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2009 H1N1  |  Continuity  |  Teaching  | 
Patient Advisory

If there was a severe storm bearing down on North Carolina and the expected landfall will have a dramatic impact on Greenville and East Carolina University, you develop a plan of action.  First, you would want to take every precaution to protect yourself and your family.  As faculty members, we must remember that our family also includes our ECU family, which are the students.

The storm we are facing is very real and it’s called the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus.  This extremely contagious virus, also known as the Swine Flu, is impacting every higher education campus in the country.  There is also a very strong chance that this will impact your classrooms in the coming days, weeks and months.  Do you have an action plan in place?  What if your students come down with the flu?  What if YOU or someone in your family gets the flu?

Please consider this information being distributed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as it relates to the 2009-2010 academic year:

  • Do not require a doctor’s note for students, faculty, or staff to confirm illness or recovery. Doctor’s offices and student health facilities may be very busy and may not be able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
  • Residential students with flu-like illness who live relatively close to the campus should return to their home to keep from making others sick.
  • Students with flu-like illness should promptly seek medical attention if they have a medical condition that puts them at increased risk of severe illness from flu, are concerned about their illness or develop severe symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure or rapid breathing.
  • Distance learning or web-based learning may help students maintain self-isolation. (See ECU Continuing Instruction section below).
In addition to this information, the CDC states that academic administrators should consider altering policies on missed classes and examinations, as well as late assignments so that students’ academic concerns do not prevent them from staying home when ill or prompt them to return to class or take examinations while still symptomatic and potentially infectious.

ECU Continuing Instruction Plan
Faculty should consider:
  • How you will communicate with your students and how often you will communicate?
  • Including a general Continuity of Instruction statement in your syllabus or Blackboard course that explains how you will continue instruction if classes are suspended.
  • Having content readily available in Blackboard.
  • Determining teaching objectives for the time period.
Lastly, we are aware of your concern that it may be difficult to avoid abuses of this situation; however, we must do whatever is necessary to limit the number of students who get sick with the flu or a flu-like illness.

Thank you for your extra consideration and cooperation as we continue to assess this changing situation.

Marilyn Sheerer

Provost, East Carolina University