Elon responds to the H1N1 flu virus

If a student becomes ill

In the event of a medical emergency, students should always call 9-1-1 and appropriate response personnel will be dispatched. If not an emergency, ill students should stay home in self-isolation.

  • The University is developing phone triage strategies to assist ill students in determining whether they should self-isolate and to provide documentation of illness for class absences. Of course, students can always come to Health Services during operational hours for evaluation and treatment.
  • If possible, students will be advised to go home for self-isolation and to receive care from a family member or significant other as caregiver.
  • The University is considering a variety of self-isolation strategies for students who live on campus. Students who live off campus will be directed to self-isolate in their off-campus residence. 
  • Click here for a resource sheet on ways ill students can purchase groceries, medications and supplies
  • ARAMARK and Auxiliary Services are formulating plans for takeout meals for students who are in self-isolation. Meals may be picked up and distributed by a well-friend or staff member who may deliver them.
  • The Office of Student Development is also developing resources for off-campus students who may need assistance in securing food and needed supplies.
  • Plans are being made for daily phone contact with ill students throughout the duration of their isolation period to check on medical well-being.
  • Plans are also being made to ask faculty, staff, and student volunteers to assist in monitoring and delivering meals to students who may be in self-isolation.

Class Absences Due to Flu-Like Illness

Students, faculty and staff who become ill should stay home and self-isolate according to the guidelines above.

Students who are ill should consult with Health Services by phone or in person regarding their illness. This will allow for appropriate triage and treatment and will also create a documentation source for notifying faculty members if a student must self-isolate and miss classes. There are procedures in place for notifying faculty when students are ill and cannot attend class.

Faculty should talk with students about absences due to widespread flu and be clear about your expectations for contacting you (phone or e-mail?). Encourage ill students to stay home and seek evaluation and possible treatment with Health Services or their medical provider. Consider putting a statement similar to the one below on your syllabi or Blackboard sites:

Students should attend all scheduled classes or activities unless they are ill. However, students who are ill should stay home and self-isolate according to CDC recommendations. Students should notify their faculty members as soon as they realize they are ill and cannot attend class. Students who are ill and have flu-like symptoms should consult with Health Services by phone or in person regarding their illness. This will allow for appropriate assessment and treatment and will also create a documentation source for notifying faculty members if a student must self-isolate and miss classes. There are procedures in place for notifying faculty when students are ill and cannot attend class.

Faculty may be asked to report numbers of students who are absent each day for reporting purposes. We are working on a notification method for reporting class absence rates (thanks in advance for your help).

E-Net will have the most up to date information for students regarding class absence procedures due to flu-like illness.