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Guidance on flu-related absences for students, faculty and staff

UW-Madison Provost Paul M. DeLuca, Jr., Dean of Students Lori Berquam and University Health Services Director Sarah Van Orman sent students, faculty and staff guidance Monday on how Influenza-related absences should be handled during the coming academic year.

In general, students, faculty and staff are advised not to attend class or work if suffering from flu-like symptoms. Students should be excused from assignments and classes, with the expectation that work is made up within a reasonable amount of time. Medical excuses will not be given by ODOS or UHS, nor should they be requested by faculty.

Faculty and instructional staff members are urged to discuss the handling of influenza issues during an early class meeting this week.

Read Provost DeLuca’s message to faculty and staff.

Read the message from Dean Lori Berquam and UHS Director Sarah Van Orman to students.