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Message from Dean Lori Berquam to students about influenza and final exams

Dear UW-Madison Student,

We want to commend all UW-Madison students for the steps you have taken to limit the spread of H1N1 influenza on campus during this unusual semester. We appreciate your efforts and ask for your continued assistance.

We want to briefly outline our expectations if you should become ill in the coming weeks, traditionally the most intense part of the semester academically.

– As we’ve said in the past, please don’t go to class or work, computer labs or other common study areas when you’re sick with flu-like symptoms (fever with cough or sore throat), even if it’s finals week. Please don’t return to class or work until at least 24 hours after you have been completely fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications). Call University Health Services (UHS) if you need an appointment or urgent medical advice: (608) 265-5600.

– Communicate immediately and directly with your instructor or professor if you have to miss a deadline or exam due to illness. You are responsible for making up assignments, papers, presentations or exams within a reasonable period of time. This may entail taking an incomplete. Visit the Registrar’s website for more information: Your instructors are receiving a similar message and are being asked to plan ahead in the event that special accommodations will need to be made.

– You do not need to present a medical excuse for brief illness-related absences, even during finals. Neither UHS nor the Offices of the Dean of Students will provide these notes, nor should they be expected by your instructor.

–If you cannot reach an accommodation with your instructor, please contact the department chair for assistance in further resolution. If you should need additional help, you may contact an on-call dean in the Offices of the Dean of Students,, (608) 263-5700.

–Remember to take advantage of the opportunity for a free vaccination at UHS. H1N1 vaccine is now available to all students. For complete details, visit If you are unable to receive vaccine at UHS, make an appointment now with your primary health care provider over Winter Break.

Wishing you a happy and productive end of the semester,

Lori Berquam

Dean of Students

Paul M. DeLuca Jr.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs