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Harlow Campus Management of H1N1 Planning

Harlow campus

Harlow Campus is anticipating that the campus and local community will be affected by the H1N1 pandemic during fall 2009 and winter 2010.

Current estimates suggest that up to 30% of the adult population will contract H1N1 over the period of the pandemic. We do not anticipate that there is anything we can do to reduce this proportion; nonetheless, Harlow Campus has a responsibility not to do anything that will speed up the rate of infection.

Planning has been ongoing in anticipation of a second wave of severe disease in the fall. Many public and professional preparation and information resources are available. Please refer to the following links:

http://www.fightflu.ca/index-eng.html
http://www.nhs.uk/AlertsEmergencies/Pages/Pandemicflualert.aspx


Teaching (MUN Faculty)

A. Course Delivery

  • If students become ill due to the H1N1 virus, course materials and additional readings will be posted on the Harlow program website.
  • Students will normally keep up with course readings in any event, but further material including field trip experiences will be readily accessible through the internet (through the Harlow program website).

B. Evaluation:

  • Allowances will be given to students who miss tests or are unable to complete assignments on time. Students will not be penalized or otherwise have to endure hardship if they miss class time due to illness.
  • All students are normally expected to attend every class and go on every field trip. If a student is unable to do so due to illness, special allowances will be made, allowing assignments to be handed in at a later time.
  • Any changes to the evaluation system will be posted on the Harlow program website.

Note the following university regulation (5.6.3, page 63 of the 2009/10 University Calendar), which permits a change in evaluation method subsequent to issuing the course outline during the first week of classes. Faculty must seek approval from the “head of the academic unit”.

C. Communications:

To ensure speedy access to information concerning health bulletins, students, faculty and staff will be instructed to consult the university H1N1 website and their @mun.ca email accounts.

All faculty and staff and students will be referred to MUN H1N1 website for information (www.mun.ca/h1n1)

Class/trip cancellations Faculty will notify all Harlow students of any class/trip cancellations by email and by posting the information on the program Notice Board in the Maltings building.

Students

  • For the fall semester, students are not required to produce a medical note for H1N1 illness in accordance with a ruling by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies (SCUGS) on September 10, 2009.
  • A decision has not been yet made with respect to the Winter Semester but updated information will be posted on the MUN H1N1 website.
  • Students will be able to self-report absences using the Banner system. They will be required to indicate if the absence is due to personal H1N1 illness or the absence is due to the need to care for someone with H1N1.
  • Students are required to self-report at the beginning of the illness. It is anticipated that the illness will last approximately seven days.
Residences

Restricted Access Protocol will advise all those with symptoms to remain in their room/apt at all times. Extra cleaning will be required at these sites to reduce potential spread of the infection. Students will be served their weekday evening meal in their rooms by their ‘buddy’.Should the outbreak become more severe, plans are in place to continue to ensure a daily meal is provided to all students.

Harlow Campus will limit staff face-to-face meetings wherever possible. This includes meetings among staff, with students and with external people. All meetings will be conducted by telephone or other electronic communications if at all possible during a potential or actual pandemic outbreak.

No guests will be allowed on campus should the outbreak become severe. All scheduled events will be reviewed and any events that are not critical will be cancelled until clearance from the potential spread of the pandemic is provided by public health authorities.
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