Note to Faculty

To: All Faculty (or at least those checking their email, if they have an email account yet, this week)
From: The Vice President for Instruction (who probably wishes she had chosen retirement this year)
RE: The H1N1 Flu Impact Fall Term (and Winter and Spring Quarters, too, since we live in that sort of world)

If the flu spreads as is predicted, we can expect absences from students (and instructors naturally) throughout the term.  We will be identifying resources for afflicted instructors (chicken soup delivered to our homes?) and students (private tutoring to make up missing 2 weeks out of a 10 week term?) later  this week, but at this point, I suggest you consider the following:

  • Create flexibility around due dates for assignments and exams for students in this situation (and thus also for students who will take advantage of this situation, alas).
  • Consider using Blackboard as a resource (the flu will be the final nudge to get those anti-Blackboarders on board, eh?) for those who are unable to attend classes (and for those who really had no intention of attending classes).
  • Include the following guidelines on your (already crowded with policy statements, grade scales, rules 8-page) syllabus:

Protect yourself and others from flu by following these simple guidelines:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or use waterless alcohol based hand sanitizer (located in all college buildings).
  • Cover your mouth by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve and not your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill and experiencing a fever of > 100 degrees Fahrenheit or have chills AND have a cough or sore throat.  Stay home until you have been free of a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • Get a flu shot.

6 responses to “Note to Faculty

  1. Hi SM,
    Yes, should be an interesting term. Our building doesn’t have the new hand sanitizers yet, but I’m so looking forward to them (tho I hear they won’t be vanilla scented, as I requested;-)
    Happy flu season!

  2. Love the new word: snarkalicious!

    But seriously, at today’s meeting we were asked to add the college’s 6-point “Principles of Community” statement to our syllabus.

    It’s now at a whopping 9 pages—for a 10 week course! Soon I’ll have a book deal….

  3. Sheesh. (And at the same time, are they asking you to watch your copy allowance? That’s what we’re being told…don’t make handouts, go paperless. But then we have to do these insanely paperheavy notebooks for tenure, review, etc.)

  4. We usually aren’t nagged about our copy budget until winter term;-) But yes: since we are all encouraged to use Blackboard as a course supplement, that is where all “handouts” can be posted these days….

    Then the students have to pay to print instead.

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