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September 16, 2009

Too funny.

The University of Saskatchewan has advised faculty members that students won’t be required to provide a doctor’s note for missed classes or late assignments if they have the flu.  Or claim to have the flu.  Or wish that they had the flu.  Or are scared of having the flu.


As you know, health officials around the world are anticipating an increase in the number of (H1N1) 2009 influenza cases this fall. In preparation for the new academic year, and in accordance with the advice of public health authorities, the university has encouraged students and others on campus with symptoms of influenza-like illness to stay home and self-isolate.

To avoid the possibility of infecting others, health officials discourage those with influenza-like illness from face-to-face consultations with medical physicians and instead, encourage individuals to phone for medical advice if influenza symptoms persist. For this reason, the university’s Crisis Management Team is strongly advising that for the remainder of the fall 2009 term, students NOT be required to present medical notes to excuse their absence from class or missed academic assignments.  Accordingly, on the advice of public health authorities and until further notice, the university’s Student Health Centre will not issue medical notes to students with influenza-like illness.

With this in mind, the university’s Crisis Management Team recommends that instructors: (1)  demonstrate flexibility by providing opportunities for students to make up for missed course work; and (2) attempt to accommodate students who miss classes, labs, assignments or quizzes due to influenza-like illness.

Many of you may be wondering how to best accommodate the student academically while ensuring the absence is appropriately documented. The Crisis Management Team recommends the use of a new form, Student Declaration of Absence due to Influenza-like Illness (ILI), to assist instructors with documenting student absences due to influenza-like illness in order to secure academic accommodation for missed assignments or exams. This form is located online at

Best Regards,

David Hannah

Lead, Crisis Management Team and

Associate Vice-President, Student and Enrolment Services

Gosh.  I wonder if absenteeism will increase?  I would not want to be a professor under these conditions.  They might as well give up on taking attendance and having due dates.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. crazybengal permalink*
    September 16, 2009 4:37 pm

    Crisis Management Team…really?

  2. September 16, 2009 7:01 pm

    wow… i gotta go back to school… there are some finals i did poorly on i’d like to blame on the flu….

    On the other hand I somehow passed my one math one when I was in the middle of an absolutely horrible head cold and very very very tylenoled up…

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