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Regent College and the H1N1 Virus

September 16, 2009

Regent has developed the following policy in response to the possibility of an H1N1 flu pandemic. Although our assumption is that the academic year will be ‘business as usual', we require all students and employees to take the following precautions:

  1. If you become sick at home with flu-like symptoms do not come to Regent until you have been symptom-free, without the benefit of medication, for at least 24 hours. Symptoms include: fever, cough, sore muscles, fatigue, headache, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Students should email studentservices@regent-college.edu to notify the College of the fact that they are absent with the flu. Employees will be required to apprise their supervisor or dean of the situation.
  2. If an employee becomes sick while at Regent, he or she must notify the supervisor or dean immediately and leave the College. Students who become sick while at Regent should also leave immediately. Once again, do not come to Regent until you have been symptom-free, without the benefit of medication, for at least 24 hours.
  3. Employees with the flu will be excused of their duties, and leniency will be granted to students with H1N1. Reasonable proof of the illness (ie, a doctor's note) is expected.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly and often, with soap and water; this is the most effective preventative measure for H1N1. Alcohol-based cleaners are also effective. Additional dispensers have been placed around the building.
  5. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and dispose of the tissue in the trash immediately. If you have no tissue, cover your cough or sneeze with your arm rather than your hand.

We will continue to monitor the situation. In the event that H1N1 mutates and becomes more dangerous, we may need to act more aggressively to prevent infection. We will of course, keep you informed of any changes in the policy. We will also monitor any new vaccine availability and let you know of any changes in prevention or treatment that become standard recommendations.

In the meantime, should you have any questions pertaining to the virus you can visit the B.C. Ministry of Health website, at http://www.gov.bc.ca/health. Jennie McLaurin (Dean of Students) or Kevin Unger (Finance & Administration) can help to answer any questions you might have.

Any information about your health shared with Regent College pursuant to this policy will be kept confidential, pursuant to the College's Privacy Policy.