Oregon State University

Academic Issues Relating to H1N1

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If I have to miss class due to (possible) H1N1 infection, will I be excused from class?

Students are responsible for notifying instructors promptly about absences caused by illness. Instructors will make the decision whether to excuse an absence based on the information you provide. While the University’s absence policy will not change, the University will release recommendations early in fall quarter to encourage instructors to be as flexible as possible when working with students who are ill to ensure that their academic progress will not be unduly compromised. Whether the absence is excused or unexcused, the student is responsible for making up all work that is missed.

Can someone else report my absence to my instructors?

It is your responsibility to report your absence to your instructors.

Can I receive a medical excuse for my illness from the Student Health Services or my family doctor?

To protect confidentiality of student health records, Student Health Services does not provide written excuses to explain a student’s absence from class. For more information, see: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/patient-info/medical-excuses. A written excuse from a doctor does not obligate an instructor to excuse your absence; university policy states that individual instructors will determine whether an absence will be excused.

Should I consider dropping a class if I fall too far behind in my work due to absences?

We encourage you first to try and make up the missed classes and missed work. If you feel you are falling too far behind, you should consult with your instructor and academic advisor about whether dropping a class is the appropriate solution to your situation. Pay close attention to the calendar of academic deadlines, found at: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148.

If I drop a class and I fall below 12 units, will I still be held accountable for financial aid and other obligations to be a full-time student?

Yes, if you drop below 12 credits on or before the OSU census date a Pell Grant award will be adjusted to reflect your credit reduction. The census date is at the end of the second week of school. After the census date, any credits dropped will be reflected in determining whether you will be making financial aid satisfactory academic progress at the end of the academic year. If you must appeal for financial aid eligibility in regard to your not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements, you may document your illness for consideration for financial aid to make an exception to allow you eligibility.

Can I wear a disposable mask in class?

If you are ill, you should stay home and avoid contact with others. You should not return to class until 24 hours after your fever has gone away without the use of fever-reducing medication (anything that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If others in class are coughing and sneezing, wearing a mask in class is an option for you.