H1N1 Policy no longer in effect: The policy Memorial University implemented in September of 2009, with respect to the relaxation of medical notes for students who may experience influenza like illness, and the ability for students to self-report such illness, will no longer be in effect. Individual faculties/schools will revert to normal practices with respect to any requirements for medical notes related to academic leniency effective January 5, 2010. For more information, please speak with your instructor.
In September, the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies ruled that for fall semester, students are not required to produce a medical note for H1N1 illness.
This is consistent with a directive issued by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, which advises that only individuals exhibiting serious H1N1 symptoms or who fall into a high risk health category seek medical attention.
In addition, students cannot be asked to attend classes if they
are sick; this contravenes the guidelines that have been adopted to
mitigate the spread of the virus by staying at home if feeling
Faculty and Instructors have been asked to be flexible in helping find the best means to support students impacted by H1N1.
A student experiencing a flu-like illness is asked to do the following:
1. Contact your instructor via email to advise that you will be absent from class, and to discuss the possibility of alternate arrangements with respect to the academic programming that would be completed during your period of absenteeism. This may include electronic access to materials via email or the web, as well as a plan to complete materials, exams, assignments, labs, etc. that occurred during the period in which you were absent. (Note: during the time that you are sick, you are encouraged to rest and recover.)
2. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has advised that only individuals exhibiting serious H1N1 symptoms or who fall into a high risk health category should seek medical attention due to H1N1.
For additional information related to academics please contact the Office of the Registrar.